Access to Justice (A2J) is a core Human Right that is not given much importance world over, including India. A2J can be ensured if a nation is providing timely, cost effective and diverse legal and judicial services to its citizens.
In a traditional set up and environment this means every individual has a fair chance to approach law enforcement agencies and courts and get justice from them. However, practically this is not happening. Forget about justice, marginalised segment, farmers, poor people, etc are not even aware what there legal rights are. Even if they are somehow able to approach a lawyer and court, the exorbitant costs are deterrent enough. Some brave hearts have mortgaged/sold their properties to fight a legal case in India but then our courts failed them.
For instance, if a court case takes more than 20 years to be decided at the lower court level, where is the justice in this situation? On top of it Indian Government has not formulated pro poor policies. All that Indian Government, whether BJP or Congress, has been doing is using political rhetoric to deny A2J. Even if private initiatives are started to cover the A2J gap, they are never encouraged and in the absence of adequate support from Government, they gradually die.
In India we have neither a suitable legal policy nor a conducive environment to encourage startups and entrepreneurs. Funding for startups and entrepreneurs is a rare luxury in India and funds are only available for big companies and crony capitalists. Surprisingly, a genuine and hard working startup has to keep on trying for years for funding and big companies are given loans without even due diligence.
Another cause of concern is the poor policies and conditions of SMEs in India. Although on paper there are many schemes to encourage and support SMEs yet in reality they are not at all effective. Indian Government has no idea what is happening at the ground level and it has created so many bureaucratic hurdles that getting funding from banks or Government is next to impossible. So SMEs are not doing what they were supposed to do i.e. create employment and generate wealth for India.
Take the example of BJP Government that recently declared that it would bring far reaching reforms in the first 100 days of its second term. It has been 10 days and all that BJP and its ministers have achieved is press releases, conferences, foreign meetings, praising political rhetoric, etc. Not even a single project has been implemented in these 10 days and with this intention nothing would happen in the remain initial 90 days too. The 100 days agenda of Narendra Modi Government has already started collapsing as opined by Praveen Dalal.
Farmers and small traders have already been ditched in the first 100 days and now it is the turn of SMEs, startups, entrepreneurs, etc. We at PTLB Corporation believe that the correct approach should be “Bottom to Up” and not “Up to Bottom”. We At PTLB have been following the bottom to up approach where interests of poor, marginalised segments, farmers, small traders, middle class Indians, etc are considered first. But Indian Government, whether BJP or Congress, believes that rich and crony capitalists should be served on priority even if that means exclusion of the people living at the bottom.
A major tool to exploit Indian poor and marginalised segments and to make the rich further rich is Aadhaar. Indian Government is using the excuse of Aadhaar to deny social rights of Indians as granted by Indian Constitution. Many Indians died due to unconstitutional and illegal policies like demonetisation and technology like Aadhaar. The Ministry of MSME and its Minister Shri. Nitin Gadkari are using the facade of Aadhaar to deny MSME certificates to those who believe in Human Rights and Civil Liberties. And do not forget that even after complying with all these cumbersome exercise, there is no guarantee that MSME/SMEs would be supported by banks, financial institutions and Government.
So the position is grim so far and may be something positive can happen subsequently. But for last 5 years BJP Government failed to work upon economic development issues and openly admitted that its pre poll promises were lies. Only time would tell whether these lies would continue for another 5 years or BJP would transform India into a “New India”. But we at PTLB cannot wait for another 5 years to ensure A2J and empowerment of people in India, especially when the Government’s grievance system has collapsed, right to information (RTI) has been diluted and courts are not taking cognizance of anti national policies and decisions of Indian Government.
So we launched PTLB Projects so that India can be a “Global Leader in Techno Legal Fields”. Our aim is to work in collaboration with national and international stakeholders, including Indian Government. The latest Techno Legal Project of PTLB is TeleLaw Project of PTLB that is a game changer in every sense. But we need funding to make it a global project and with this objective in mind we have written this post. We have also launched a Blog in this regard that is carrying all possible details about the TeleLaw Project of PTLB.
The TeleLaw Project has been launched in May 2019 and is a startup in nature. So its potential can be analysed keeping in mind its potential future worth rather than its earning capacity in the past one month. Any person or company that is interested in funding this project is requested to keep in mind the startup status and initial development stage of the same.
We welcome all funding stakeholders to go through our TeleLaw Project and if they find it useful, we would be happy to have them as our partner for this Human Rights Project.
Let us create a “Human Rights Ecosystem” where Access to Justice (A2J) is the norm and not exception. We look forward to your esteemed collaboration and partnership.