Access to Justice mobile service scheme pays Rs. 100 million in compensation to families of missing

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Access to Justice mobile service scheme pays Rs. 100 million in compensation to families of missing

Sunday, January 30, 2022, 11:52 a.m. SL time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

January 30, Colombo: To make the President’s policy statement “Vistas of Prosperity” a reality, “Adhikaranabimani: Access to Justice Mobile Service Program” was launched in Jaffna district under the patronage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. GL Peiris, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda and Justice Minister Ali Sabry during a ceremony held at Jaffna Central College yesterday (29).

The main objective of this mobile service is to educate the people of Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu, Mannar and Vavuniya districts of the Northern Province on the roles played by the institutions under the Ministry of Justice and to provide timely services of these institutions.

In addition, the program aims to compensate the families of those missing due to conflict and to further develop the understanding of people in the North for peace and reconciliation.

The Northern Province Mobile Service Program pays particular attention to educating government officials, university students, youth and the general public about peace and reconciliation.

Inaugurating the programme, Minister Ali Sabry said that under the leadership of the President and Prime Minister, the government is committed to bringing peace, harmony and unity among all.

He said steps had already been taken to provide the maximum possible services to northerners through the Office of Missing Persons, the Office of Reparation and the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation under the Ministry of Justice.

Minister Sabry said that the Office for Missing Persons has been transformed into an active institution and steps have been taken to pay around Rs. 100 million as compensation to the families of those who disappeared due to the conflict based on the only mobile service.

External Affairs Minister Prof GL Mr Peiris said the Missing Persons Bureau should be commended for allocating rupees. 100 million to pay compensation during the mobile service alone and the Minister of Justice must be thanked for his leadership in this regard.

It has been stated that people make mistakes due to their ignorance of the law and it is very important to educate people about the law in the country.

At the request of the Northern Provincial Council, the new three-storey building with smart classroom was constructed at the premises of Kokuvil Hindu College with the financial assistance of Rs. 42 million from the Office for National Unity and reconciliation were also given to the students on this occasion.

Justice Minister Ali Sabry also officially inaugurated the new High Court building at the Jaffna Courts Complex which was constructed at a cost of Rs. 180 million with government provisions.

The mobile service will be held at Jaffna Central College on January 29-30 with the participation of institutions affiliated with the Ministry of Justice.

The public will be able to receive many services, including legal advice to resolve disputes, solutions to land and real estate disputes, an introduction to the mediation process and alternative methods of dispute resolution, drug abuse prevention, education of schoolchildren on law and reconciliation, investigating complaints of missing persons, vocational training training guidelines, solving problems in obtaining identity cards, birth and death certificates, etc.

Northern Province Access to Justice mobile service started on 26th January in Vavuniya district covering Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts and in future this mobile service program is to be conducted across the island at the provincial level.

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