National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) launched the 2648 village legal service clinics across the country on 24 January 2014. The move aims to bring legal services to the doorsteps of the weakest section of the country.
Chief Justice of India P.Sathasivam open free legal clinics in New Delhi. As per the regulation, NALSA will set up village legal services clinics in one village in each Taluk of the country.
On the lines of health centres in villages, these legal services will provide legal care to villagers who are not aware about laws and their rights.
With the help of Para-legal volunteers and empanelled lawyers, clinics will also assist villagers in getting BPL card, Election ID, Aadhaar Card, gas connection and other government welfare schemes.
The National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) has been constituted under the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 to provide free Legal Services to the weaker sections of the society and to organize Lok Adalats for amicable settlement of disputes.
In every State, State Legal Services Authority has been constituted to give effect to the policies and directions of the NALSA and to give free legal services to the people and conduct Lok Adalats in the State. The State Legal Services Authority is headed by the Chief Justice of the respective High Court.