Panchkula, June 9: Mr. Justice Rajan Gupta, Judge, Punjab, and Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman, Haryana State Legal Services Authority today launched a series of projects with an aim to create maximum awareness among the general public and about rights and benefits to children who have lost their parents due to Covid-19 pandemic, in the presence of Sh. Baldev Raj Mahajan, Advocate General, Haryana, through virtual mode.
A Project for children “Sangharsh se utkarsh tak hum aapke saath hain”
The event was attended by Sh. Parmod Goyal, District and Sessions Judge and Member Secretary, Haryana State Legal Services Authority and the Chief Judicial Magistrates-cum-Secretaries, District Legal Services Authorities of Haryana.
During his address, Mr. Justice Rajan Gupta has emphasized the need for public awareness as it is the only effective tool that can bring change in the mindsets of people towards their social responsibilities as well to fight the covid pandemic. Awareness has a great impact on our society in making it more sensible, responsible, and reliable. With this view, Haryana State Legal Services Authority has launched projects aiming at maximum mass awareness and strengthening legal services. These included short-animated clip-on COVID mask etiquette, “Corona Home Warriors” – An awareness drive and Hope- “Sangharsh se utkarsh tak hum aapke saath hain” – A Project for children who lost their parents in COVID-19.
Further, Mr. Justice Rajan Gupta has stated that COVID animation has been prepared with an aim to inculcate knowledge among the public about appropriate mask-wearing. He emphasized the importance of mask etiquettes against protection from COVID-19. Wearing of mask properly on the face is necessary to contain the transmission of the virus. Earlier, on March 26, 2021, this Authority launched the COVID awareness drive namely “Arrest the disease-wear a mask, don’t go close, cover your nose”. The launch of this animated clip is a part of the COVID project for creating maximum awareness among the general public about mast etiquettes. He requested all the Secretaries, DLSAs to ensure maximum circulation of this animation through different electronic modes so it could reach each and every person especially those living in rural and remote areas.
Another project launched by HALSA is “Corona Home Warriors”- an Awareness Drive. The project was conceptualized to create maximum mass awareness on prevention against COVID-19 and effective implementation of health protocols such as wearing of mask rightly, social distancing, washing of hands frequently, hand sanitization, etc. Under this drive, awareness would be created through two effective means (i) children and (ii) social media. He stated that children have been chosen as they are a great medium of creating awareness. When certain issues are raised by children, they have a higher impact on the issue. On contrary, social media serves as a powerful tool for people and movements to share their stories, reaching new audiences across the globe. Children would be provided with awareness material by HALSA such as animated movies, posters, banners, etc. to share online without stepping out of their homes. Children can use any electronic platform for this purpose such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, or any other social media account. Participating children shall earn certificates and recognition from HALSA.
The next project launched by HALSA is “Hope-Sangharsh se utkarsh tak hum aapke saath hain”. The project has been framed out to help those unfortunate children who have lost their single or both parents in the COVID pandemic while fighting with the disease. Mr. Gupta stated that such children need the special attention of society. Their protection and rehabilitation are one of the major issues right now. This project will ensure the rights and benefits of children who are left alone or with a single surviving parent. The involvement of NGOs and Public Agencies shall play an important role in mitigating the suffering of such children by providing basic amenities such as food, shelter, clothes, etc. Secretaries, DLSAs have been requested to make all possible efforts for the betterment of these children by ensuring effective implementation of the Action Plan of this project.
During his address, Sh. Baldev Raj Mahajan, Advocate General, Haryana has stated that Children are the future of our nation and their protection and safety is our prime duty so they would get a healthy environment for their civil, moral, and ethical growth. He has assured that in this drive government shall extend its full support and cooperation to the Legal Services Authorities in the successful implementation of the project across the State. All possible efforts would be made to reach each and every child who has lost his/her parents during a pandemic.
That apart, Mr. Justice Rajan Gupta has also focused on the difficulties and challenges being faced by Legal Services Authorities in achieving the motto of “Access to Justice for All”. He has asked the Secretaries, DLSAs to ensure quality legal services through Panel Advocates by improving their selection process and identifying those advocates who are competent and have a sense of commitment towards the legal aid work.
Under the project namely “Arrest the disease-wear a mask, don’t go close, cover your nose” launched on March 26, 2021, the Legal Services Authorities of Haryana conducted 182 vaccination camps across the State and 24,911 persons were vaccinated during these camps. These vaccination drives are being undertaken in association with Health Department, Haryana with an aim to clear notions among the general public about vaccination and create awareness on the importance of vaccination at this stage when the whole world is struggling for its survival due to COVID. In association with NGOs and jail authorities, 46,096 masks were prepared and 64,426 masks were distributed among the needy.
Legal Services Authorities have left no segment of the society unreached and extended all possible assistance during COVID-19. During the lockdown, HALSA through DLSAs extended help to 3,50,000 migrants regarding transit and food in coordination with District Administration and NGOs; more than 4000 awareness programs were conducted for creating awareness regarding Covid wherein more than 4,40,000 persons had participated; 2,00,000 mask and sanitizers were distributed; 2700 were provided medical assistance; more than 20,000 Sanitary napkins were distributed; 8121 were assisted with shelter; 20,103 were assisted with regard to traveling to home states or home districts; 1,100 Stranded Labourers were assisted for movement pass.