BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has decided to set up Legal Assistance Cell (LAC) at gram panchayat level to provide free legal consultancy and conciliation advice to people.
The main objective of the move is to provide legal advice to people in need and settle dispute through conciliation to reduce the number of litigations in courts.
Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has asked the Law Department to expedite the process. It has been targeted to put the system in place by July 2016, official sources said.
The proposed legal assistance cell will be set up under the joint aegis of Law and Panchayati Raj Departments. The Panchayati Raj Department will provide the basic infrastructure and logistics at panchayat level for establishment of the cell.
The Law Department will select suitable advocates for the cell. It has also been decided that the advocate engaged for each LAC will be paid a fee of `500 per sitting.
Principal Secretary, Law Bibhu Prasad Routray said the cell will sit once a week in each panchayat. The panchayats will be provided separate contingency for the purpose.
Meanwhile, the Panchayati Raj Department has taken up administrative operations for operationalisation of the cells. It has been decided that the cell will be accommodated in Bharat Nirman Rajiv
Gandhi Seva Kendras preferably on Friday or Saturday.
Budget estimate to the tune of around `30.5 lakhs has been done for meeting the expenses towards furniture, fees and contingency for 2016-17.