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By Our Special Correspondent
ATTUR, NOV. 10 . An advocate from the Legal Service Authority has been appointed to assist the tribals of Karumanthurai in Attur taluk to receive their community certificates.
At the legal literacy and free legal awareness camp held recently at the Adi Dravidar Welfare Residential School in Karumanthurai, the Chairman of the Salem District Legal Services Authority and Principal District and Sessions Judge, A. J. Muruganantham, received 832 petitions of which 654 sought community certificates.
Many petitioners had pointed out that the officials concerned in the district administration were reluctant to issue community certificates despite providing documentary evidence. As a result, many of the tribal children could not continue their higher education. In this regard, the judge ordered the appointment of a lawyer from the legal authority to exclusively assist the tribals who demanded community certificates.
The lawyer, he said, would hand over all the petitions that sought community certificates to the offices concerned and initiate necessary measures.
While 69 other petitions had sought land pattas, 58 petitions were concerned with disputes in lands. Mr. Muruganantham asked the officials to take appropriate action against these petitions too.
Officials and judicial officers who participated in the free legal awareness camp explained the importance of free legal aid to the poor and needy.
The problems and legal remedies concerned with women's issues, family disputes, labour problems, compensation, land disputes, appeals, obtaining bails and legal benefits were highlighted.
Earlier, Attur Sub Judge, Pandi, welcomed the gathering. Hundreds of people, mostly tribals, their representatives, lawyers, officials and others participated in the event.
At the end of the camp, a docudrama `People's Court', scripted and produced by the Madras High Court Chief Justice, Subashan Reddy, was screened.
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