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Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority reaching out to people in Distress in this period of Lock Down.press release today full text see the link Considering the necessity of reducing the Domestic Violence, this Authority
[4/19, 18:12] Sekarreporter: 1 TAMIL NADU STATE LEGAL SERVICES AUTHORITY (TNSLSA) HIGH COURT CAMPUS, CHENNAI 600 104 PRESS RELEASE Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority reaching out to people in Distress in this period of Lock Down. Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority is one of the Institutions providing various types services in Legal and Non Legal matters to the General Public. In this period of Lock Down, large number of public come with various grievances by way of emails and whatsup messages in Non Legal matters such as requesting arrangements for food, food grains, groceries, Medical help, travel passes etc.. Large number of women have also come forward, seeking counseling in the matters of Domestic Violence. In the recent times, after extension of Lock Down, various aid, were arranged by the TNSLSA and some of them are as follows, The Hon’ble Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari, Serving Judge High Court of Madras and Executive Chairman of TNSLSA received a frantic call from a family with a Pregnant woman in advanced stage, seeking help to reach their native place Palakkad in Kerala from Chennai. On intervention of the Executive Chairman, Exit Pass from Chennai to Palakkad was issued by the Police Authorities. Accordingly the family started their travel on 13.4.2020 but was denied entry by the State of Kerala at their border. This again led to an intervention of the Executive Chairman at the highest level and with the help of another Judge of Kerala High Court, the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary of Kerala involved, finally after five hours wait, the family was allowed entry to reach safely to Palakkad, subject to the condition that they maintain home quarantine for the period of 14 days. This incident led to the issuance of Government Order dated [4/19, 18:13] Sekarreporter: 2 15.4.2020 by the Government of Kerala allowing entry of Pregnant Women with some guidelines to enter into the State of Kerala despite of complete lockdown. On 14.4.2020 a student from Avanam village, Pattukottai Taluk of Thanjavur District, sent a Whatsup message seeking groceries and medical help to the 30 senior citizens who are the agricultural labourers. This message was reached to the Executive Chairman of TNSLSA and immediately with the help of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Thanjavur, this Authority arranged and coordinated with the District Administration to provide food and groceries to the senior citizens of their village. Revenue officials also visited the village and assured the further assistance in future. Medical aid was also provided to the senior citizens and their family members of the said village. On 15.4.2020 yet another distress message was forwarded to this Authority requesting immediate assistance of medical help from Karanai village of Urappakam Taluk, Chengalpet District for fixing a feeding tube to an 83 old women patient of dementia and Lung infection. As per the instruction of Hon’ble Executive Chairman of this Authority, DLSA Kancheepuram was alerted and they inturn, with the help of Lions club of Urappakkam, arranged a doctor and the 83 year old women life was saved. The alert message was sent by the Daughter-in- law to save her mother-in-law. On 15.4.2020 another whatsup message received by the Executive Chairman of this Authority, informing that 20 families of GYPSYs (Narikuravar) people residing at Salavakkum, Chengalpet District, were not having food and food grains. Immediately food and groceries were arranged and handed over at the houses of families by the DLSA Kancheepuram by involving the local Lions Club. At Tiruchirapalli on 12.4.2020, 25 members of Circus employees stranded at Thotiyam town without any aid and they sent a request to DLSA Tiruchirappalli [4/19, 18:13] Sekarreporter: 3 and on the intervention of Mr. Murali Shankar, Principal District Judge/Chairman, DLSA accommodation, food and groceries were provided to them. DLSA, Tiruvallur has also by engaging NGO, namely Sevalaya supplied two Ventilators to Government Hospital, Tiruvallur and extended the scope of Legal Services to provide medical supplies on 7.4.2020. West Bengal and Manipur State Legal Services Authorities have also requested for the services of Tamil Nadu Legal Services Authority by sending the list of more than 500 persons, belonging to these states with a request to look after their safety and food supply to those persons. Accordingly 90% of the people in the list were traced out and their shelter was arranged, food and essential items were supplied to them, with request to contact the respective DLSA Nodal officer for further assistance if any. DLSAs across the State, are arranging supply of food, groceries and essential items and medical help to various vulnerable groups, senior citizens and those who are staying at various Shelter homes. They have also deputed more than 200 Para-Legal Volunteers to assist the respective District Administration in containing Covid-19 activities. The DLSA’s of Coimbatore, Tuticorin, Vellore helped more than 15 patients who were stranded in hospitals to get valid Exit Pass to go back to their places more particularly large number of patients to Kerala. Considering the necessity of reducing the Domestic Violence, this Authority (TNSLSA) has launched Help line Whatsup numbers in each District, handled by the Secretary of DLSA in each District. DLSA will provide Telephone/online counseling services by engaging qualified counselors of Domestic Violence issues. The following numbers have been notified as a whatsup Helpline to handle Domestic Violence issues across the State covering all Judicial Districts. [4/19, 18:13] Sekarreporter: 4 S. No Name of the DLSA Phone No. 1 Chennai 9443244365 Kancheepuram 9884040488 Coimbatore 9543148148 Cuddalore 9489350472 Dharmapuri 9840737366 Dindigul 9043311502 Erode 9443648910 Kanyakumari 9344562300 Karur 9789153074 10 Krishnagiri 7598347887 Madurai 9488237478 12 Nagapattinam 9894390661 13 Namakkal 9787841777 14 Nilgiris 9894640012 15 Perambalur 9486967933 16 Pudukkottai 9443041004 17 Ramanathapuram 9994912546 18 Salem 9364200591 19 Sivangangai 9710105256 20 Thanjavur 8825725969 21 Theni 9003465666 22 Tiruvallur 9940066638 23 Tiruvarur 9486379766 24 Trichy 9894451007 25 Tirunelveli 9444456638 Tiruvannamalai 9500777095 Thoothukkudi 9443258236 Vellore 9080636223 [4/19, 18:13] Sekarreporter: 5 Villupuram 9965567721 30 Srivilluputhur 8754200202 31 Ariyalur 9486968835 32 Tiruppur 9629797977 The District Legal Services Authorities have also been directed to notify and advertise the Helpline Numbers in their respective Districts. Sd/- K. Rajasekar Member Secretary/District Judge Tamil Nadu State Legal Services Authority
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