NEW DELHI: The Tele-Law service of the Department of Justice has been expanded to the corners of the country through the launch of its app versions by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday.
The Tele-Law service is an online consultation service with empanelled lawyers. This service was launched in 2017 for strengthening the pre-litigation mechanism and provide free legal aid to the poor and marginalised citizens including SCs, STs, and women.
The service has been expanded to 75,000 gram panchayats, which covers all states and union territories through the app version of the service. Video conferencing facility will be provided through a network of 14 lakh common service centres and para legal volunteers.
The Tele-Law service app has two versions i.e. Tele-law for Lawyer and Tele-law for Beneficiary. In both versions, the user can opt for any of the given languages which are Hindi, English, Marathi, Punjabi, Tamil, and Telugu. Help and FAQs are also provided to the users for a seamless experience. After the selection of the language, the user is prompted to login into both versions but there is a slight difference in the interface of the login screen between them.
In the Lawyer version, the login is straight forward and in the Beneficiary version, the user is prompted to log in or register as a beneficiary or log in as PLV, VLE, or others. The names and mobile numbers of the users will be used for the above procedure.
According to the Law Ministry, the services are operational in 51,434 common service centres spread across 50,000 gram panchayats in 633 districts of the country.
The apps will provide access to legal advice to the residents of the country and will help in saving time while solving cases simultaneously.