Article 39A of the Constitution of India gives a directive to the States to ensure that the operation of the legal system does promote justice on a basis of equal opportunity. It directs the State to provide free legal aid with the aid of suitable legislation (such as the National Legal Services Authority Act) or schemes and ensure that opportunities for securing justice are not denied to any citizen for reason of economic or other disabilities.
Legal Aid is the provision of assistance to people otherwise unable to afford legal representation and access to the court system. Our Foundation believes that certain community groups, if sensitized through proper interaction and guidance, can play a crucial role of active agent in the transformation of the society.
Programs organized under this project will be towards promoting consciousness among and building capacity of various community groups about legal culture, legal processes, legal resources and effective use of the legal systems. This project is all about spreading legal literacy and socio-economic justice through awareness workshops and legal aid camps. So every individual, whether literate or illiterate, whether male or female, whether belonging to SC/ST category or general category, whether belonging to urban locality or rural locality need to be educated for basic awareness of his / her rights which are granted to him / her as an Indian Citizen by the Constitution of India, and by various laws and statutes, made from time to time in our country.
These are but a few examples which demonstrate the urgent need for dealing with legal ignorance amongst all the communities of the state. Legal awareness and legal literacy lie at the base of any effort toward legal empowerment. Critical knowledge of legal provisions and processes, coupled with the skills to use this knowledge to realize rights and entitlements will empower people to demand justice, accountability and effective remedies at all levels. The Foundation has been regularly organizing seminars, workshops and conferences on legal awareness, with the aim of empowering citizens with the knowledge of their legal rights and duties, ultimately to be able to share power equally, gain full access to the means of development and to inspire a whole generation of citizens to work together towards achieving equality and justice.
Kalinga Kusum also produces a wide range of legal literacy materials, conducts legal awareness workshops for activists and the community, and also trains state functionaries on legal provisions and procedure. We celebrate events of National Importance like Women’s Day, Labour Day, World Anti-Tobacco Day, & National Legal Services Day in partnership with Governmental and other Non-Governmental Organizations. We have been organizing Nukkad Nataks, street plays, skits, etc. to educate and generate public awareness on social and legal issues like Female Feticide, Child Labour, Domestic Violence against Women, etc. We also extensively leverage Electronic Media, Print Media, Articles, Pamphlets, Booklets, Magazines, in-order to sensitize the public about their legal rights.
Kalinga Kusum Foundation's mission is the socio-economic and legal empowerment of those living on the edges of society, with a special focus on children, women and tribal.