The Punjab State Legal Services Authorities organized a National Lok Adalat throughout the State of Punjab today, with a view to settle disputes at pre-litigation stage as well as cases pending in courts.
A total of 271 benches were constituted across the state, which were personally monitored by Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, Judge, Punjab & Haryana High Court and Executive Chairman of PSLSA. During the Lok Adalat, as many as 22,040 cases involving a total amount of Rs. 688, 38, 27,987/- were resolved amicably.
An official spokesperson of PSLSA revealed that Justice Rakesh personally visited the Lok Adalat Benches at Jalandhar and Ludhiana and encouraged people to resolve to Alternate Dispute Resolution Mechanisms. People were made conscious of the free and competent legal services that were available to weaker sections of the society, particularly women, children, members of SC/ST, victims of disaster, under-trials or any person having annual income less than Rs. 3 lacs. A Toll free number of PSLSA was also provided to people for any kind of legal assistance 24X7. The Toll free number is 1968.
The next National Lok Adalat is scheduled for December 14, as per the information received from Mr. Rupinderjit Chahal, Member Secretary, PSLSA. He also urged the general public to take the maximum benefit of the upcoming Lok Adalat to settle of their disputes, expeditiously.