Empowerment comes from knowledge
While Mr Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, Judge, Supreme Court of India stressed the need to make aware the people of their responsibilities besides their rights, Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that LEMON Education (Legal Education-Moral Education and Education of Nationalism) should be imparted to the students for building a strong and prosperous society.
Mr Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal were addressing the gathering during the 9th Annual Function of Student’s Legal Literacy Mission organized jointly by Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HALSA) and School Education Department at Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal in district Sonipat today.
Mr Justice Uday Umesh Lalit who was the Chief Guest on this occasion said that besides their rights, the people should also be made aware of their responsibilities as enshrined in our constitution so as to make the citizens more responsible towards the society. While underlining the significance of legal literacy, he said that knowledge about the rights makes a lot of difference in the life of an individual. He, however, said that one should not be bogged with rights alone but should also be alive to his social responsibilities towards the society.
While maintaining a direct dialogue with the students present in large numbers, he said that after few years they would be joining the mainstream. He said that they would be able to serve the society or nation only when they would be aware of their surroundings and have complete knowledge of the rights available to them. The students have lot of potential and they should utilize it to the fullest to achieve this objective, he added. He said that as the empowerment comes from knowledge be it literacy or legal literacy, the students should come forward and work towards enlighten the poor and those belonging to marginal section of the society through legal literacy.
Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal said that apart from the legal literacy, LEMON Education (Legal Education (LE) -Moral Education (MO) and Education of Nationalism (N) should be imparted to the students in the interest of the nation. He said that while Legal Education would help in making aware the people of their rights, Moral Education would inculcate high values and also helps bringing down the number of litigation. He said that, education of Nationalism assumes special significance as large number of people has sacrificed their life for the freedom of the country. Had, the education of Nationalism imparted earlier, it would not have taken 68 years to repeal Article 370 of the constitution in Jammu and Kashmir, he asserted.
While appreciating HALSA for making efforts towards to imparting legal education to the students, he said that HALSA is at number one position among all the similar Legal Services Authorities set up in the country. He said though legal education is necessary but it seems to be more driven by rights only. Therefore, efforts should be made to educate the people about their responsibilities also. He said the sense of social instinct is necessary in the people for the development of the society.
While describing judiciary as a divine power, he said they are playing a vital role in giving right direction to the country. He said that the Judiciary has taken several steps like setting up of Lok Adalats, regular Adalats and Mediation Centres etc for the benefit of people. He urged the Judiciary to ensure that poorest of poor in the society could take benefit of our judicial system. He said that in the era of digitalization, efforts should be made to provide services to the people online so as to save time and money. Digitization of records could be made to ensure transparency; he said adding that in Haryana the records are being digitized be it in the government departments or in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Referring to the Tribunals’, the Chief Minister said that experts people works in the Tribunals. He said that at present 1500 Tribunals are working at State and National Level.
Earlier, Chief Minister inaugurated convention centre building at Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology at a cost of Rs 42.08 crore. He also laid the foundation stone of eco-friendly class room complex in the University Campus at a cost of Rs 14.25 crore.
Mr Justice Surya Kant, Judge, Supreme Court of India described legal literacy as a powerful weapon which enables the people to take the benefits of various rights as enshrined in our constitution. He said that the rights could be translated into reality if people are made aware of their rights. While taking the words of Mr Manohar Lal further ahead, he urged the students to educate others through the Student’s Legal Literacy Mission not only of their rights but also of their duties as provided in our constitution. If you are fully aware of their rights and obligations, you would not allow any type of discrimination or injustice with your parents, brothers, sisters or neighbourers. He urged them to take up the legal literacy as a movement so as to make people of their rights.
Mr Justice Hemant Gupta, Judge Supreme Court of India urged the students to save water for the future generations. He also appreciated Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal for working towards encouraging the farmers in the State to adopt crop diversification and sow maize rather than paddy crop which consumes comparatively more water. He also urged stop using plastics and fire crackers to protect nature.
Mr Justice Krishan Murari, Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Patron-in-Chief, HALSA said that legal knowledge plays a vital role in the social transformation and uplift of members of the society. He said that keeping in view the lack of legal knowledge in the society, Student’s Legal Literacy Mission was launched in Haryana in the year 2009 to impart legal knowledge to the students.
He said that the role of the Mission in this direction is commendable adding that 7100 such literacy clubs are operational at different levels in schools and colleges of the State. Various competitions are being organized for the students and the number of participants has increased to 15,000 to 3.50 lakh during last few years which shows its success. He said that unless the people are aware of their rights, they could not take benefit of law available to them. In this backdrop, legal literacy assumes special significance, he added. He further said that it is often observed that majority of population is unaware of their rights and obligation towards the society. In such a situation, students could play a vital role in educating people of their rights and help in building a strong nation.
Earlier, Mr Justice Rajiv Sharma, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman HALSA presented the welcome address.
Later, all the dignitaries honoured the winning students of various competitions organized at school level in the State by presenting them mementos and certificates. They also released report entitled Inside Haryana Prisons.
Among those present on this occasion included Principal Secretary, School Education Dr Mahavir Singh and Vice Chancellor of Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal Prof Rajendra Kumar and large number of students.