Access to justice and rule of law are essential to provide the foundation for growth, development and ultimately poverty reduction. An act of justice is to overcome poverty. With law as the platform, rights guaranteed can be enjoyed only when the law is accessed by everybody and is the same for everybody. Our effort is to strive for it at this juncture and we are here today to both learn and share experiences with those from across the world. With these worlds, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Union Law & Justice Minister today inaugurated and delivered the key note address at a 2-day International Conference on “Equitable Access to Justice: Legal Aid and Legal Empowerment” here Today. The Conference is being organized jointly by the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).