Aizawl: Supreme Court judge and National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) executive chairman Justice Uday Umesh Lalit arrived in Aizawl on Saturday on a pan-India legal awareness programme (Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav), official sources said.

Soon after his arrival, Lalit graced a cleanliness drive-cum legal awareness campaign at Reiek village, a mountain and tourist spot in Mamit district, known for its effort in the cleanliness drive, which is about 29 km from state capital Aizawl, the sources said.

This is the maiden visit of Lalit to the hilly state.

He said that he was impressed by the cleanliness of the place, the hospitality, and the simplicity of the people.

He lauded the people of the state for effectively utilising the free legal services offered by Mizoram State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA).

He also expressed hope that the MSLSA would continue to support those in need of legal services to assure access to justice for all.

Later in the day, Lalit also graced a legal awareness campaign at Rawpuichhip village near Reiek.

He informed the gathering that legal aid is a constitutional right, which should be brought to the reach of the people.

He said that legal service authority has an important role to ensure that legal aid is provided to the people.

He expressed hope that the pan India legal awareness drive would benefit the people.

Lalit also pointed out that to see whether or not various welfare schemes are brought to the eligible beneficiaries and to see if the beneficiaries encountered difficulties in this regard also come under the ambit of NALSA.

He was accompanied by two Gauhati High Court Judges Justice Michael Zothankhuma and Justice Nelson Sailo. 

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