Srinagar, September 15: Under the directions of Chief Justice High Court of J&K and Patron-in-Chief J&K SLSA, Gita Mittal and guidance of Executive Chairman J&K SLSA, Justice Rajesh Bindal, J&K State Legal Services Authority through District Legal Services Authorities observed “International Day of Democracy” in all districts of UT’s of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The event, organised with the theme “Democracy under strain: Solutions for a Changing World”, involved Para Legal Volunteers, Retainer Lawyers and other stakeholders.
The objective of observing the day was to raise public awareness for the purpose of promoting and upholding the tenets of Democracy and provide an opportunity to celebrate the freedom and highlight the importance of human rights as the pillars upholding the Democratic setup.
District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Samba, observed the day by organizing an Online Talk Programme on the topic “Participative Role of Youth in Democratic Setup” which was attended by Para Legal Volunteers and Advocates. The Talk programme included deliberations on positive and crucial role of youth as responsible citizens in upholding the values of democracy, beyond rhetoric of caste and religion and other evils that plague the social and political setup. Para Legal Volunteers also generated awareness among sections of the community regarding the concept.
DLSA Anantnag organised an online discussion on the topic “Democracy Day in Times of COVID-19” while DLSA Reasi also organized a Webinar on the day wherein students of schools, PLVs, Advocates participated to celebrate the spirit of democracy.
At Kulgam, District Legal Services Authority organized interactive programmes with various sections of the society, across the district, through Para Legal Volunteers who generated awareness on the concept of Democracy and its inherent principles of freedom and human rights.
DLSA Ramban celebrated the day by organizing sensitizing programme at Gool and Ukhral about the importance of the day.
At Kathua, District Legal Services Authority organized a Talk Show in collaboration with Education Department for Basohli Zone with the objective to promote the principles of Democracy and social integration, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis.
DLSA Leh also observed the Day with Para Legal Volunteers, Advocates at District Court Complex, highlighting the importance of celebrating the day.
DLSA Kishtwar organized various programmes in the district and educated the public about the core principles of democracy.
The day was similarly observed by DLSAs of other districts across UT’s of J&K and Ladakh, with enthusiasm.