SILCHAR, Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice was observed by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) here at Zila Parishad conference hall today in the presence of distinguished assembly. Bithika Acharjee, a leading advocate, speaking as chief-guest about the significance of the day said, “It is a day recognizing the need to promote efforts to tackle issues such as poverty, exclusion and unemployment. Many organizations, including the UN and the Intertiol Labour Office, make statements on the importance of social justice for people. The United tions General Assembly has decided to observe February 20 every year and it was approved on November 26, 2007 and since 2009 it began to be observed as World Day of Social Justice. Along with the rest of the world, our country has also been observing the day from 2009.” Explaining in detail, Acharjee said various demands of public are regarded as social justice. It also brings out the basic tenet of Indian Constitution which commits to have provisions of laws and judiciary for all on equal basis. It means our holy Constitution stands for social justice to all without any discrimition. It also offers equal opportunities for all. Not only that, the observance of World Day of Social Justice at the same time lies in bringing to the fore the darker sides of Child Marriage Act as well as Child Labour Act which prohibit child marriage and employment of minor boys and girls in menial and other works.
The significance of the day, as outlined by Bithika Acharjee, is also to highlight the legal provisions for the punishment of those who act in violation of both the Acts. The most important thing to pledge is to send children between the age of 6 and 14 to schools as the government has made elementary education free for them. There should no disparity in payment of wages or remunerations to male and female workers. Another important aspect of the Day is to make aware for all those poor and helpless who can approach the DLSA for justice. This has been amply made clear in DLSA Act of 1987, she pointed out.
At the outset, Dharmanda Deb, leading advocate, spoke about the genesis and the importance of observing the day in a most lucid and simple language for the understanding of all. The commitment of the Indian Constitution is to deliver through provisions of fundamental rights and directive principles for all. Nisanta Goswami, AJS, secretary, DLSA Cachar, also articulated his views on the subject. He quoted Babasaheb Ambedkar who said, ‘…Justice is another me of liberty, equality and fraternity…’ Goswami added that in the third committee, 67th UN General Assembly, on October 16, 2012, Anth Kumar reaffirmed that India will provide full support to the efforts of the United tions which has recorded significant achievements in two years only since its establishment and assist the General Assembly in all their efforts to ensure Social Justice.