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By OUR STAFF REPORTER

Ranikhet, 4 Aug: Under an initiative taken by Chairperson, Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT), and Government of Uttarakhand, a ‘Legal Aid Service Programme’ was conducted for the benefit of the state’s veterans at Ranikhet on Saturday in close coordination with the State Legal Services Authority.
The entire Legal Aid Service programme was organised for the Ex-Servicemen of Uttarakhand under the guidance of Justice Virender Singh, Chairperson, AFT, Delhi. The aim of the programme was to enhance awareness on the ‘Rights and Benefits Available to Armed Forces Personnel, Ex-Servicemen and their family members’ and also acquaint them about the purpose, jurisdiction and functioning of the AFT. Uttarakhand and Haryana are the two states that have included ex-servicemen in the list of eligible persons to obtain free legal aid service under Section 12 of Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987.
Justice Virender Singh delivered the inaugural address to the ex-servicemen present on the occasion. The other speakers at the event were Maj Gen Praveen Kumar, Judge Advocate General of the Indian Army, Air Marshal BBP Sinha, Member, AFT, Lucknow, and Shailendra Sharma ‘Atal’, Senior Central Government Counsel.
A large number of veterans from all across Uttarakhand State had turned up for the event to derive maximum benefit from this initiative. The veterans expressed gratitude to the Government of Uttarakhand and the Chairperson, AFT, for their initiative.