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Saturday, July 20, 2024
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District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Srinagar, organized a Recreational cum Awareness Programme for Senior Citizens on Saturday, July 20, 2024. Held at Aha-ta-e-Waqar Chanapora, Srinagar, the event was in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department and the Department of Health Services Kashmir. The programme was held under the guidance of Jawad Ahmed, Chairman DLSA Srinagar (PDJ, Srinagar), focused on the subject “Women’s Role in Enhancing Senior Citizens’ Well-Being.” It aimed to highlight the vital contributions of women in promoting the wellbeing of senior citizens.

Naseema Lankar, the chief guest, shared her insightful experiences from visiting old age homes in countries like Japan and imparted valuable lessons learned from her grandparents. She emphasized the importance of compassion and support for the elderly, noting that “a society is judged by how it treats its most vulnerable members, and women play a pivotal role in this regard.” She also called for more community-driven initiatives to support senior citizens.

Dr. Sameena, Principal of Higher Secondary School Chanapora, delivered an engaging speech on the dual role of women in caring for senior citizens and nurturing the younger generation. She stressed the significance of instilling strong moral values and empathy in the youth to ensure a supportive society for the elderly. Other Speakers Ms. Ruksana, Ms. Saika, and Ms. Shokiya from Radio Kashmir, who provided their perspectives on the subject. Their discussions highlighted the community’s role in fostering a caring environment for senior citizens.

Ms. Sagufta, a poet, added a cultural dimension to the event by sharing her poetry books and reciting poems that resonated with the theme. Her literary contributions were well-received and underscored the power of art in raising awareness about social issues.

Dr. Laila Sultana , who moderated the event, provided additional insights and facilitated meaningful discussions. She also thanked the staff members and senior citizen members of Ahata Waqar for making the program a successful and impactful one.

Overall, the event underscored the essential role of women in promoting the wellbeing of senior citizens, highlighting that a collaborative effort is required to create a supportive and compassionate community for the elderly.

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In accordance with the J&K Legal Service Authority calendar for the year 2024, District Legal Services Authority Srinagar organized a Special Lok Adalat aimed at the amicable settlement of Bank Recovery cases and was held at District Court Complex Mominabad, Srinagar, under the able guidance of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tashi Rabstan, Chief Justice (Acting) High Court of J&K and Ladakh. The Special Lok Adalat was conducted under the supervision of Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of the District Legal Services Authority (Pr. District & Sessions Judge) Srinagar.
The Lok Adalat serves as a transformative mechanism for resolving disputes by offering a platform for parties to settle their differences amicably, Lok Adalats play a crucial role in promoting social harmony and fostering a more just and equitable society.
One bench was constituted for the said Lok-Adalat for the amicable settlement of Bank Recovery Cases, which was presided over by Mr. Arvind Sharma (Addl. District & Sessions Judge, Bank Cases) Srinagar and Ms. Arti Mohan (Presiding Officer POCSO Court) Srinagar.
The primary objective of the Lok Adalat for bank recovery cases was to ensure prompt and affordable resolutions, thereby alleviating the burden on the conventional court system. Participants were enabled to negotiate settlements, leading to mutually agreeable outcomes that avoid the prolonged stresses typical of formal judicial proceedings.

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Srinagar, July 20, 2024: Justice Tashi Rabstan, Chief Justice (Acting), High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, today inaugurated the Legal Literacy Club (LLC) at Bilaliya Educational Institute, Baghwanpora, Lal Bazar, Srinagar. Justice Tashi was accompanied by Mr. Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary J&K Legal Services Authority and was warmly received by Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman DLSA (PDJ) Srinagar, Mr. Jahangir Ahmad Bakshi, Secretary DLSA Srinagar, Mr. Manzoor Ahmad Wangnoo, Chairman Bilaliya Educational Institute, Dr. Tawseef Ahmad Bhat, Co-ordinator, and other teaching and administrative staff of the institute.
Justice Tashi Rabstan in his continuous efforts to reach out to every part of the region also inaugurated the Legal Literacy Club at Crescent Public School, Naseem Bagh, Srinagar, where he was cordially welcomed by Mr. Shakeel Ahmad Dar, Chairman Crescent Public School, Mr. Karttik Chopra, Philanthropist, alongside the teaching and administrative staff.
During these inaugurations, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tashi Rabstan held interactions with the newly enrolled student members and teacher in charge of these Legal Literacy Clubs. He emphasized the critical role of Legal Literacy Clubs in fostering a legally aware and informed society. Justice Tashi highlighted the importance of active and positive engagement of students in addressing legal and societal issues, urging the Incharge to motivate and guide students in understanding their rights and responsibilities.
Mr. Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary J&K Legal Services Authority, briefed the media on the continuous efforts by the J&K Legal Services Authority and DLSA’s in establishing an informed society by reaching out to schools across the region. He informed that Srinagar District now hosts 11 Legal Literacy Clubs, including the two LLCs inaugurated today. Mr. Gupta stressed the significance of positively engaging with the youth, channeling their energy towards societal welfare and nation-building.
These initiatives underscore the commitment of the Legal Service Institutions and educational sector in Jammu and Kashmir to empower the younger generation with legal knowledge, fostering a future of informed and responsible citizens.

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SRINAGAR, JULY 19: Kashmir Power Distribution Corporation Limited (KPDCL) has intensified its drive against non-payment of electricity bills and remotely disconnected thousands of smart-metered consumers.

Similarly, in flat-rated areas, those consumers who haven’t paid their pending dues for months together are being physically disconnected, till they clear their bills with KPDCL.

In a press statement issued here today, a KPDCL spokesperson stated that fervent appeals have been made urging consumers to pay their bills on time. He further stated that KPDCL is a Service Provider that needs timely clearance of bills by all categories of consumers for electricity supplied to remain economically viable.

While 1,134 smart-metered consumers were disconnected in Electric Division Chanapora on Thursday, electricity supply of 440 consumers in ESD Baramulla I, 240 in ESD Baramulla II and 228 in ESD Qazigund were also snapped.

Large number of consumers are being remotely disconnected across other Subdivisions of Habba Kadal, Watalkadal, Hawal, Anantnag, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Budgam, Chadoora, Zainakote, Zakura, Nishat and Dalgate for not paying bills for over three months,” he added.

Seeking cooperation from all consumers in clearing pending dues, the spokesman said that KPDCL will further accelerate disconnection drives against defaulter consumers who are reluctant to pay their electricity bills on time.

Urging the consumers with huge opening balance to avail the benefits of Government’s Power Amnesty Scheme, the spokesman advised them to approach the concerned Electric Subdivision for paying principal amount in full or instalments, enabling them to claim waiver on late payment surcharge.

“To facilitate the consumers, KPDCL is organising Amnesty Camps on daily basis across all Electric Divisions and so far, over 1 lakh domestic consumers have availed the benefits of the scheme,” he added.

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Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tashi Rabstan was accorded a warm reception by Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Principal District & Sessions Judge, Srinagar, along with other judicial officers of District Srinagar. Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tashi Rabstan engaged in an interactive session with the judicial officers, where he expressed his keen interest in the overall efficacy of the justice delivery system. His Lordship compassionately listened to the concerns and issues raised by the judicial officers and assured prompt redressal, reflecting his dedication in improving the judicial processes and infrastructure.
During the visit, Mr. Jawad Ahmed gave a detailed presentation on the ongoing developmental projects within the District Court Complex, which included comprehensive insights into the Phase-II construction of the District Court Complex, which aims to enhance the capacity and facilities of the judicial infrastructure, installation of CCTV cameras within courtrooms. He also highlighted the urgent need of upgraded security arrangements within the court complex. He emphasizing the efforts to ensure a safe and secure environment for all stakeholders. The visit of Hon’ble Mr. Justice Tashi Rabstan underscored his commitment to fostering a robust and efficient judicial system.

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The meeting, chaired by Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Principal District & Session Judge (Chairman DLSA) Srinagar, witnessed active participation from key stakeholders, including senior officials from the judiciary, police, administration, and medical fraternity. The committee reviewed the cases of 41 under trial prisoners, engaging in thorough discussions and deliberations to ensure fair and expedited trials.
Each case was meticulously examined, and after thoughtful consideration, the committee formulated suitable recommendations tailored to the specific circumstances of each individual. The meeting aimed to streamline the criminal justice system and uphold the principles of equity and justice.
Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of the meeting, emphasized the paramount importance of UTRC gatherings in ensuring fair and expedited trials for under trial prisoners. He underscored the need for regular initiatives such as these to strengthen the criminal justice system and protect the rights of under trial prisoners.
The meeting was attended by Mr. Ashish Mishra, S.S.P Srinagar; Mr. Syed Ahmad Kataria, ADC Srinagar; Mr. Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, SSP, Central Jail Srinagar; Mr. Jahangir Ahmad Bakshi, Secretary DLSA Srinagar; Ms. Meena Gowhar, Public Prosecuting Officer, Srinagar; Dr. Sheikh Athar Senior Medical Officer, Central Jail Srinagar; Mr. Saad Ganie, Chief Legal Aid Defense Counsel; and Ms. Zulfi Tasneem, Deputy Legal Aid Counsel.
District Legal Services Authority Srinagar is committed to ensuring that the rights of under trial prisoners are protected, and that they receive fair and speedy trials. The UTRC meetings are a crucial step towards achieving this goal.

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Srinagar 29/June/2024: District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Srinagar today in collaboration with School Education Department organized an awareness programs on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence and Dowry and Maintenance, at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Sonwar Srinagar. The awareness programme was held under the able guidance of Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Srinagar (PDJ, Srinagar), aimed to educate students and staff members about the legal provisions and remedies available to women who are victims of domestic violence, dowry, and maintenance.
The program was attended by the principal, staff members of the Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Sonwar Srinagar., officials, panel lawyers, & Para-legal volunteers of the District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar and the students enthusiastically participated in the programme.
The main objective of the programme was to create awareness about the legal rights and remedies available to women who are victims of domestic violence, dowry, and maintenance. The programme also aimed to empower women to take action against such violence and to seek legal recourse when needed.
Adv. Laila Khalid emphasized the need for women to be aware of their legal rights and to report incidents of domestic violence and dowry harassment to the authorities. She also emphasized about the legal provisions and remedies available to women under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, , and the Dowry Prohibition. She urged the students and staff members to spread awareness about these laws and to support women who are victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment.
Ms. Sania Mushtaq highlighted the importance of providing support and counseling to women who are victims of domestic violence and dowry harassment. She emphasized the need for creating a society that is free from domestic violence and dowry harassment.
The programme was well-received by the students and staff members, who appreciated the efforts of the DLSA Srinagar in organizing such an informative and awareness-generating programme.

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As part of the plan of action of J&K Legal Services Authority, for the month of June 2024, a review meeting was conducted by the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Srinagar with Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) on 28th June 2024, under the able guidance of Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Srinagar (PDJ, Srinagar), to ensure the effective implementation of legal services programmes in the district.
The meeting was chaired by Secretary, DLSA Srinagar, Mr. Jahangir Ahmed Bakshi, who emphasized the importance of Para Legal Volunteers in the implementation of legal services programmes at the grassroots level. The meeting was attended by the Officials and PLVS of DLSA Srinagar.
During the meeting, Mr. Jahangir Ahmed Bakshi reviewed the progress of legal services programmes in the district and discussed the challenges faced by the PLVs in the implementation of these programmes. He emphasized the need for effective coordination and collaboration between the District Legal Services Authority Srinagar, Para Legal Volunteers, and other stakeholders to ensure that the benefits of legal services programmes reach the marginalized and vulnerable sections of society.

The Secretary DLSA Srinagar also highlighted the importance of creating awareness about the legal services programmes among the general public, particularly in rural and far-flung areas. He urged the PLVs to work tirelessly to identify and reach out to the beneficiaries of these programmes, including women, children, and persons with disabilities.
The meeting also discussed the ways and means to strengthen the capacity of PLVs to provide effective legal aid and assistance to the needy. He also assured the PLVs of all possible support and assistance from the DLSA to enable them to discharge their duties effectively.
The review meeting was a significant step towards ensuring that the legal services programmes in the district are implemented effectively, and the benefits of these programmes reach the intended beneficiaries.

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Srinagar 27/June/2024: District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Srinagar today in collaboration with School Education Department organized an awareness programs on Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) also known as POSH Act 2013, at Government Girls Higher Secondary School Nowhatta Srinagar . The awareness programme was held under the able guidance of Mr. Jawad Ahmed, Chairman of District Legal Services Authority Srinagar (PDJ, Srinagar), aimed to educate students, teachers, and staff members about the provisions and importance of the POSH Act 2013.
The program was attended by the principal, staff members of the Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Nowhatta Srinagar, officials, panel lawyers, & Para-legal volunteers of the District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar and the students enthusiastically participated in the programme.
Ms. Sunila (JLA) & Adv. Suhaila Ali Panel Lawyer of DLSA Srinagar highlighted the key aspects of the Act, including the definition of sexual harassment, the complaint mechanism, and the role of the Internal Complaints Committee. They also emphasized “The POSH Act 2013 is a significant legislation that aims to protect women from sexual harassment at the workplace. It is essential for all institutions, including educational institutions, to have a robust mechanism in place to prevent and address sexual harassment. We must work together to create a culture of respect and dignity, where women feel safe and empowered to report any incidents of harassment.”
The program was well-received by the students and teachers, who actively participated in the discussion and asked questions to clarify their doubts. The awareness program was an initiative to promote a culture of respect and equality in educational institutions and workplaces, and to empower women to report any instances of sexual harassment. The program also aimed to sensitize the participants about their rights and responsibilities under the POSH Act 2013.
District Legal Services Authority, Srinagar, is committed to promoting legal awareness and literacy among the masses, and this program is a step towards achieving this goal.

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Srinagar, June 26, 2024: On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, J&K Legal Services Authority in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Srinagar and Burn Hall School, Gupkar Road Srinagar, organized a transformative awareness program titled “Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.”
The event was graced by the esteemed presence of Justice Tashi Rabstan, Judge, High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, Executive Chairman, J&K Legal Services Authority accompanied by Amit Kumar Gupta, Member Secretary and Muzamil Hayat Kabli, Under Secretary, J&K Legal Services Authority. The Chief Guest and dignitaries were warmly received by Fr. Stalin Raja, Principal, Burn Hall School, Jahangir Ahmad Bakshi, Secretary, DLSA Srinagar, Mr. Feroz Ahmad, Secretary, Burn Hall School, and other staff members of the school.
In his presidential address, Justice Tashi Rabstan eloquently spoke about the devastating impacts of drug abuse and underlined the need for a united fight against this social evil. He emphasized the importance of raising awareness, particularly among the youth, to eradicate drug abuse from its roots. “We must collectively create the right awareness among the masses, especially the younger generations, to combat the menace of drug abuse. It’s not just a legal issue but a social responsibility that we must all shoulder,” he stated. According to Justice Tashi, teachers, parents and elderly people in the society play an important role in bringing back the youth to the mainstream and out of the clutches of this menace which is rotting our future generation.
In his welcome address, Fr. Stalin Raja, highlighted the necessity of creating the right awareness among the younger generations. He expressed heartfelt gratitude to Justice Tashi for choosing his institution to organise this awareness programme on a day having international importance. He further said that the unwavering commitment of Legal Services Institutions across the UT of J&K to combat the drug menace and spreading awareness is a crucial initiative, which is appreciable.
The program featured an insightful and detailed presentation by Dr. Yuman Kawoos, Assistant Professor, IMHANS, Kashmir, who discussed the complexities of drug abuse and effective stress management techniques. Her presentation provided valuable information and strategies for dealing with addiction and its psychological impacts.
Adding to the depth of the event, Insha Malik, Counsellor, Burn Hall School, delivered an enlightening address on substance abuse and the critical role of counsellors in providing support and guidance to those affected this social evil. Her speech highlighted practical approaches to prevention and intervention, stressing the importance of early detection and continuous support.
A poignant skit performed by law students and advocates depicted the harmful effects of substance abuse on individuals, families and society, which was the highlight of the event. This moving performance underscored the urgent need for collective action and legal enforcement to tackle drug-related issues. The program was a significant step towards fostering a drug-free society and showcased the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders in addressing this critical issue.

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