The outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown of nearly half of the world economy has posed serious challenges of survival specially among the poor and underprivileged sections of the society. In this backdrop the legal Services authorities are reaching out to people in different parts of the country providing legal aid and support to women, children and the needy amid COVID-19 lockdown.
The National Legal Services Authority has recently passed an order directing the State Legal Services Authority to take initiative to provide assistance to the needy during the lockdown period.
In view of the directions of the NALSA, the District Legal Services Authority appointed two advocates, Anchal Thakur and Manjit Kaur for providing legal aid and support at the One Stop Centre and 181 Women Helpline in Chandigarh.
Apart from providing legal aid to the needy, the State Legal Services in Chandigarh are providing food and ration to the Kashmiri labourers and the North East students.
The Jammu and Kashmir Legal Services Authority had requested the Legal Services Authority at Chandigarh to provide food to the 15 Kashmiri migrant workers. Similary the Mizoram Legal Services Authority had requested the legal Services Authority at Chandigarh to provide relief to the 120 students stranded in Nayagaon.