Chandigarh: From a measly 97 in 1999 to masterly 42,563 up to December 2016. The ranks of beneficiaries of the State Legal Services Authority (SLSA), Chandigarh, continue to swell by the day. Playing the role of a quasi-judicial adjudicator-cum-mediator, the authority has been gaining popularity among the public and more and people come to it for settling disputes between parties amicably and expeditiously at pre-litigation stage.
According to the official data, the authority has recorded an increase of 13,438 case in 2016 compared to 2015. In 2016, it has taken up 42563 disputes of various nature compared to the number 29,125 in 2015. While talking to Member Secretary, Mahavir Singh, said that their favourite modus operandi was an innovative mechanism evolved for resolving disputes in a spirit of conciliation outside courts and without delay and recrimination. The number of beneficiaries borne testimony to effectiveness of this tool. The number of beneficiaries in 1997 were only 87 and the number rose to 1127 in 2016, says Mr Singh and added that it has received 647 applications from Modern Jail, Burail legal aid cell last year for free legal aid and all were provided with free legal aid.
He further revealed that the number of beneficiaries has testimony to effectiveness of the tool. The authority had been set up in 1998 under the State Service Authority Act, 1987 with main objective of providing legal aid to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections and women in distress of the society to secure their legal rights.
The authority has succeeded in settling 100 per cent labour dispute compared to 45 per cent in 2015. It has taken up 284 cases pertained to telephone department and of these disposed of 263 last year. Similarly, it has taken up 624 matrimonial cases last year and of these settled 66. Mr Singh also stated that the authority was also receving a number of complaints pertaining to bank recovery. Last year, it has recived 3575 complaints pertained to banks and settled 914 cases. The authority has disposed of 505 challans pertaining to Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act and traffic challns last year.
The authority also organized ‘Samadhan’ where cases pertaining to execution, the Hindu Marriage Act, civil suits, rent cases, criminal appeals, revision succession, MACT, labour cases, cases under Section 138 of Negotiable Instruments Act, Section 125 Cr PC were taken up. The authority also arranged special lok adalats to settle cases of bank recovery, financial institutions, matrimonial disputes at pre-litigation stage.
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The authority has succeeded in settling 100 per cent labour dispute compared to 45 per cent in 2015.
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