BONGAIGAON, June 27 - To activate the lawyers to help the poor access free legal assistance through legal services, the Bongaigaon district legal services authority organised a two-day refresher training for them at the conference hall of the Judicial Court here on June 25-26.
A total of 46 lawyers from Bongaigaon, Dhubri, Goalpara, Kokrajhar and Chirang district participated in the training.
The inaugural session of the training began with a chorus performed by a Koch-Rajbongshi cultural group. Geeta Baishya Changkakoti, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Bongaigaon, delivered the welcome address and invited the guests of honour to the dias.
Bongaigaon Deputy Commissioner, Biswajit Pegu in his address touched upon the functions of the Legal Services Authority and spoke on those legal provisions which can ensure the rights of the poor. He also assured of extending necessary assistance to the programme.
SN Brahma Choudhury, president of the Bongaigaon Bar Association dwelt on certain Acts which can help the poor to fight against penury.
Justice Arup Kumar Goswami, Judge, Gauhati High Court, said lack of awareness of rights has forced the marginalised section of the people to live in abysmal poverty. Justice Goswami also said the idea of giving free legal aid is gaining momentum and in this case the lawyers have vital roles to play.
Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Judge, Gauhati High Court, in his keynote address laid stress on �quality justice� and presented the role of Para-Legal Volunteers in the society, who can help the poor access the legal aid through legal services. Justice Roy also motivated the lawyers to develop skill, knowledge and experience through hard work and offer services to the deprived section of the people ignoring monetary gains.
The Assam State Legal Services Authority, through its programme �Xonhari�, has attempted to reach out to the deprived section of the people and respond to their legal needs, Justice Roy said.
So, the key aim of the refresher training was to sensitise the lawyers, especially those who are in legal service, about the programme � �Xonhari�, Justice Roy added.
Debashish Saikia, Secretary, District legal Services Authority, Bongaigaon, offered vote of thanks at the inaugural session.