Hyderabad: NALSAR signs MoU with LEAFS for Farmers Empowerment
From ploughing land to selling the produce in the market, farmers are increasingly need to interact with law. There are more than 200 legislations governing agriculture in the State. However, the farmers are ignorant of the laws which are made for their benefit and they are not getting the legal assistance whenever it is needed.
In these circumstances, in order to provide free legal aid and legal advice to the farmers and also to legally empower them, NALSAR is taking steps to provide free legal support to farmers. Commencing the work in the area of law and agriculture Prof.(Dr.) V.Balakista Reddy, Vice-Chancellor Designate & Registrar, NALSAR and Sri M.Sunil Kumar, President, Legal Empowerment and Assistance for Farmers Society (LEAFS) signed an MoU today at NALSAR Campus in Justice City, Shameerpet, Hyderabad.
NALSAR which is a premier law university in the country not only produced professionally competent lawyers but also trained rural youth as paralegals. These paralegals were instrumental in resolving the land problems of more than a million poor families in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The Centre for Tribal and Land Rights (CTLR), NALSAR under the leadership of Prof.(Dr.) V.Balakista Reddy, Vice-Chancellor Designate & Registrar, NALSAR has undertaken several initiatives including Review of Land Laws, Paralegal Training, Awareness programmes,
Training of Revenue and Agency Officers etc. CTLR was instrumental in resolving more than a million land problems of the poor, trained more than ten thousand officers and spread land legal awareness among lakhs of people. Now, taking a step forward, CTLR is going to provide legal aid and access to justice to farmers on agriculture issues.
Sri M.Sunil Kumar, President, Legal Empowerment and Assistance for Farmers Society (LEAFS), since he graduated from NALSAR in 2004 is working for the cause of the farmers. He played a key role in the activities of CTLR, NALSAR in various capacities. LEAFS, under his leadership undertook several initiatives for the farmers including ‘Land Rights Test’, ‘Land Rights Lab’, ‘Sagunyayam’, ‘Land Justice Camps’, ‘Your Land- Your Rights’, ‘Nyayaganta’ and ‘Sagunyayanestham’.
NALSAR and LEAFS have signed an MoU today to take-up various initiatives for empowering the farmers, training the youth on agricultural laws, organising agri legal aid camps and conducting awareness programmes for farmers. Dr.D.Balakrishna, Assistant Professor, Dr.G.Mallikarjun, Assistant Professor, Mr.K.Shiva Charan, Advocate & Research Associate, Ms.Jyoti, Research Scholar, Mr. Jeevan, Vice-President, LEAFS and Mr.K.Mallesh, Advocate, Land Lawyers Chambers were present at the signing of the MoU.
Aims and Objectives of the MoU:
Provide legal aid to farmers on various aspects concerning agriculture;
Collaborate in establishing legal aid clinics and involving law students;
Impart training to various stakeholders on laws pertaining to farming;
Design and implement innovative pilot programmes to improve access to justice for farmers;
Prepare awareness material for educating the farmers on laws pertaining to agriculture and take steps for spreading awareness;
Undertake research on the aspects pertaining to law and agriculture, agricultural laws and agriculture dispute resolutions;
Take-up initiatives pertaining to farmers and their legal rights;
Undertake documentation and policy advocacy activities such as lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences;
Work on Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanisms pertaining to agricultural disputes;
Offer inputs and training support on courses pertaining to law and agriculture;
Undertake any other activities which are mutually agreed by the parties from time to time.
About NALSAR: NALSAR University of Law, established by Act 34 of 1998, a leader in legal education in India having been awarded ‘A’ grade (‘A++’ as per new grading system) with a high score of 3.60 out of 4.00, by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) [which till date is the highest among the National Law Universities (NLUs)]; and NALSAR also having achieved ‘Category-I University’ Grade by the UGC under the Categorization of Universities, under Grant of Graded Autonomy Regulations, 2018.
NALSAR’s Centre for Tribal and Land Rights (CTLR) has undertaken several initiatives including Review of Land Laws, Paralegal Training, Awareness programmes and Training of Revenue and Agency Officers and several other programmes. CTLR was instrumental in resolving more than a million land problems of the poor, trained more than ten thousand officers and spreading land legal awareness among lakhs of people.
About LEAFS: Legal Empowerment and Assistance for Farmers Society (LEAFS), a non-profit organization registered under the Telangana Societies Registration Act with Registration No. 484/2019. LEAFS is working for farmers empowerment and in the last four years it has taken up several initiatives including establishment of Land Rights Lab (LRL) to support the farmers in getting their land rights tested, launched Sagunyayam programme for providing free legal advice on land and agricultural matters, organizing Land Justice Campus (LJC) for providing free legal aid in rural areas and took-up several awareness programmes using print and electronic media such as ‘Saguchattalu’,’Your Land-Your Rights’ and ‘Pallechattalu’.