The Legal Aid Society of the National Law University Odisha organized ‘Ayuda, 2018 – Odisha Inter-state alliance for legal aid’. A legal aid conclave which was for both Law as well as Non-Law Colleges across Odisha. It was a two-day program held on 5th and 6th October 2018.
The conclave was held with the aim to achieve the object of legal aid through greater collaboration among colleges. It not only provided a platform to share ideas and experiences in the field of legal aid but also helped the participants to learn the best practices they can employ in the furthering the cause of legal aid.
The inclusion of non-law colleges was made with the purpose to spread legal awareness among the students of different educational backgrounds.
The two-day event comprised of workshops, interactive sessions, discussions, competitions, and a field visit to the Legal Aid Clinic run by the NLUO.
The workshop was started with the sharing of success stories and then there was an interactive session with the Authorities. They described the importance of legal aid for society and guided the audience with the steps for initiatives.
Satya Narayana Mishra ( District Judge and Chairman of DLSA, Odisha): He encouraged the participants to start volunteering in legal aid services and told how the legal aid can bring a change in the society. It was followed by a discussion on the contemprory development of the law.
Snehanjali Mohanty (Member of State Commission for Women, Odisha): She drew the attention of the participants on how a law student can assist the general public by providing very little though important information such as the no. 198 which is the women helpline, 181- helpline for children and much more.
Hari Shankar Rout (Founder secretary, SWATI): An Engineer by profession, he has been working for natural resource management and promotion of livelihood for the marginalized community of the Kandhamal District of Odisha.
He shared his success story of installing a 7.5 KW micro-hydroelectric project, diverting water from a stream through the pipeline to Dangarpadar village of Tumudibandha Block. This ensures 24-hour electricity supply, water for domestic use and diversion based irrigation.
Coming to the entertaining part of the program, there were two competitions conducted among the participants. Started with a quiz, based on the workshop held that day and general knowledge questions which were quite fun. Then each team was alotted with a script for nukkad natak, which was based on the recent government initiatives for the society such as ‘Sukanya Samridhdhi Yojna’.
It was conducted with the purpose of spreading legal awareness among society basically in the remote areas, three teams were selected and they performed the nukkad natak during the field visit the other day. The team from Khurda Law College won the competition.
The second day of the conclave was started with the interactive session with the Unsung Heroes of the Society, the key takeaways of the speech delivered by them were based on the socio-legal scenario of the society.
Ms. Aishwarya Rituparna Pradhan (India’s First transgender Civil Servant): One of the bravest soul on earth, she narrated the journey of her life, what were the difficulties that she faced and how gracefully she handled every situation, she is indeed an inspiration for many.
She shared her views regarding the striking down of section 377 of the IPC, she said: “It is good that the transgenders are now been given equal rights and recognition” she also suggested various legislations for the transgenders’ such law relating to marriage, adoption etc.
Ms. Rashi Anand (Founder, NGO Lakshyam): She discussed the hurdles she face while setting up the NGO Lakshyam, it works for the underprivileged children, providing education and care.
She offers the children financial and emotional support. Her idea for encouraging the street children to take an interest in studies was by attracting them with toys and games.
Prof. Satya Mohapatra (Founder, Institute of Health Sciences Bhubaneswar): He enlightened the audience with the impact of society on the physically and mentally disabled children, the psychology of parents and the society dealing with them is sometimes negligent or harsh.
The lack of care for the physically disabled people in our country was the reason he established the institute and today the institute is the nation’s largest therapeutic service provider.
Then he shared his supportive views on the recent bill passed by the parliament “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill – 2016“, in the enactment disability has been defined based on an evolving and dynamic concept, the former PwD Act, 1995 defined 7 types of disabilities but the new act defines 21 types of disabilities.
The conclave concluded with the field visit at the Legal Aid Clinic run by NLUO, where the three selected teams performed their nukkad natak.
It was followed by a delightful feast ‘Zaika’, in which the students of the NLUO prepared food from the cuisines worldwide.