Every man is born free in the world. He inherits few rights naturally and few granted to him by the society. “Society is a web of relationships” and for a just and healthy society it is important that the rights of every individual is respected. Today, our country & society tends to work on the model of a welfare state. Therefore, the ideals of justice, equality and liberty together form the spirit of our Constitution and were beautifully reflected in the preamble. A welfare society can never be achieved unless all the citizens of the state, rich or poor, weak or strong, influential or common are scanned equally by the state. Whenever the state deviates from the notion of equality among its citizens; disparity rages among individuals and the essence of a welfare state is lost.

Imparting justice in a just and fair manner is the essential duty of state through its institutions. Poverty is not only due to lack of material factors but being unable to fight and attain justice for the infringement of rights of an individual. Thus, the responsibility of the state is not only to impart justice but to check that access to justice is available to all the needy, deprived, oppressed sections of the society or not.

The incorporation of Article 39-A in the Directive Principles of State Policy in the year 1976, enjoined upon the State to ensure justice on the basis of equal opportunity by providing free legal aid. It was this constitutional mandate, the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 was enacted with view to bridge the gap between court's door and poverty.

The District Authority, Kolkata is a very small enterprise in the field of legal aid movement but by its unyielding effort, is committed to up hold the main objectives of the Act and undertake implementation of various legal aid schemes with empathy and devotion.

Thank you.
Sri Amitava Chatterjee,
District Legal Services Authority,