APRIL 2016



The department seeks to improve the institutional capacities of key justice service providers to enable them to effectively serve the poor and disadvantaged. The Access to Justice initiative is being rolled out in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where interventions like legal literacy, training of Sabla girls, training of paralegal volunteers under NALSA scheme, Justice Innovation Fund, young lawyers for justice fellowship programme etc are being implemented.

The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organise Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.

UNDP Partners with people at all level of society to build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. UNDP launched the "Access to Justice" initiative to enhance government interaction with citizens, focus on right to information, inclusive growth and quick and inexpensive delivery of justice with speed and affordability by strengthening legal aid and empowerment for marginalized people.

OneWorld Foundation India works in collaboration with governments, multilateral organisations, corporates and the civil society for furthering social and sustainable development. The OneWorld network uses Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), creates and disseminates information on development issues, and also reaches out to the people at the grassroots level through innovative communication mediums.

Access to Justice

NyayaPath is an innovative Access to Justice initiative to enable marginalised and other communities in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to use technology to access information on welfare laws, policies and schemes in local languages like Santhali and Chhattisgarhi. Read more...

In Focus

Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA)


In case anyone in a village has any complaint related to the implementation of the MGNREGA scheme, then they can register their complaints at the Gram Panchayat. The Panchayat records these complaints and these are resolved by the Sarpanch of the village. However, if the complaint is not settled at the Gram Panchayat, then a written complaint can be submitted to the Lokpal. Every state has a Lokpal office.

The complaints can pertain to irregularity of Gram Sabha meetings, family registration, receipt of job application, payment of daily wages and unemployment allowance, gender-based discrimination, evaluation of work, facilities at the workplace, scrutiny of documents, allotment and use of funds, etc. Read more...

MGNREGA-An introduction About job card
Work demand Wages and payment
Unemployment wages Mahatma Gandhi
NREGA work
Facilities at workplace Accident at workplace
Rights of disabled
people in MGNREGA
Complaints related to MGNREGA
Social Audit  
Radio Programme - SC/ST & Forest Dwellers Rights

Dr Sanjay Kumar, a member of the Indian Forest Service, talks about the salient features of the Forest Rights Act 2006. This Act protects the rights of millions of tribals and other forest dwellers in different parts of our country as it provides for the restitution of deprived forest rights across India, including both individual rights to cultivated land in forest land and community rights over common property resources.
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