90% of population has no say in econony: K'taka CJ

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Bangalore, Aug 9 (UNI) Karnataka High Court Chief Justice P D Dinakaran today regretted that five to eight per cent of the population, which had IT knowledge, controlled the economy, while 90 per cent, mainly the work force, was virtually left out.

Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Karnataka Legal Services Authority (KLSA) here, he said the majority of the population had no say in controlling the economy and were left to suffer.

''The Legal Services Authorities and the state governments should work together to empower the economically weaker section of society by getting them their rightful share of economic benefits,'' he said.

The Chief Justice said the authority should create awareness on the civic duties and uphold Constitutional Law, public interest and human dignity.

''We should educate the people not only about their rights, responsibilities and obligations but also tell them clearly what is not their right but they think otherwise,'' he said.

Justice Dinakaran said strict implementation of law pertaining to environment and protection of public property had to be rigorously pursued, especially in the present context.

Legal authorities should not be content in just spreading the legal knowledge but make sure that the deprived realised their legal rights, he added.

Karnataka High Court Judge Justice Deepak Varma lauded the service rendered by KSLA and said through its Lok Adalats, which had over 21,000 sittings, had so far had disposed of nearly 4.30 lakh cases.

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