Panel Lawyers trained on various schemes under government depts

Kohima, November 17 (MExN): Panel Lawyers from across the state were trained on various schemes by nodal departments during the second day of the three-day refresher training for Panel Lawyers organised by the Nagaland State Legal Services Authority at the Directorate of State Institute of Rural Development Kohima on November 16.


Speaking on poverty alleviation schemes for villages vis-à-vis Village Authority, Neibou Sekhose, Joint Director Rural Development informed that the planning at Rural Development department is bottom up approach as villages participate in the planning process. He said that VDB is the development agency of the village which function under the village council, comprising of the general body which is composed of the representation of the whole village community.


Neibou Sekhose appraised that the department also covers 1238 VDBs, 74 blocks, 24, 3265 household and 4.28 lakh job cards. He also spoke on programmes and schemes such as Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), National Rurban Mission (NRuM), Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana Gramnin (PMAY-G), Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NGNREGS) and Grant-in-Aid such as taxpaying household allocation, VDB Welfare Fund, fixed deposit and micro finance.


Speaking on programmes under the department and roles of legal services authority, Lanutoshi Jamir, Deputy Director Department of food and civil supply said that under National Food Security Act 2013 there are two categories of scheme- Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Household which entitle food grains of 5kg of rice per person per ration card at Rs. 3 per kilo. He informed that the NFSA is covering 61.98% (5.74 lakh) population in urban area and 79.83% (14.04 lakh) population in rural area.


Lanutoshi Jamir pointed out that District Grievances Redressal Officer and State Food Commission are grievance redressal mechanism.


Imtikumzuk, Marketing Executive, Nagaland Postal Division spoke on schemes under postal department, Mezivolu T Theriah, Chief Judicial Magistrate spoke on Dos & Donts for Panel Lawyers, P.P. Bunagohain, Deputy Manager State Bank of India spoke on types of loans available/eligibility for the marginalised and BPL, Khrolou Koza Lohe, State Training and Capacity Building Officer Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority spoke on various programmes under NSDMA (what legal services can do).


Gwabinlo Seb and Vikholie Yiese, Kripa Foundation spoke on drug/substance abuse/mechanism for prevention (what legal services can do), Ashu Theyo, Legal Aid Counsel-cum-Trainer NSLSA spoke on human rights with emphasis on the NALSA schemes and Akumla Longchari, Coordinator NSLSA on spoke on discussion on maintenance of reports/records on training/awareness programmes.