Allahabad, Apr 16: The much awaited first legal portal in Hindi has been launched by the Indian Institute of Information Technology(IIIT), Allahabad, at Amethi.
The portal was launched yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the foundation day of its extension campus in Amethi hence making the rural Indians aware of their legal rights.
The three-day celebrations began with an inauguration of a National Seminar, ''Empowering rural India through Information Communication Technology '', by Dr Sneh Bhargava, former director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
Speaking on the occasion, she said, Despite having major projects and schemes, we are yet to provide basic facilities like roads, health and electricity to people living in the villages.
Government had spent huge funds over magnetic resonance imaging and other such projects but the interest of poor had not been served so far.'' She also noted that despite sanctioning of 3000 primary health centres by the Central government, these were yet not functioning in the country. ''Poverty and dreaded diseases like AIDS were two formidable challenges before us where telemedicine would have to play a bigger role.'' Presiding over the inaugural session, Dr Kartar Singh, director of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, called upon the people to build a new India by making full use of the new system.
The director of IIIT Dr Murali Dhar Tiwari dedicated the website to people residing in rural areas. Speaking on the occasion, he said the website would provide basic legal awareness and people can access the site for information on different topics like setup set-up of court, revenue, police telephone directory, adding all the poor persons who cannot afford lawyers would be given legal aid through the website, he said.
Later, the site would be made available in other regional languages as well.
Nearly two dozen experts from fields of health, telemedicine, legal, agriculture and finance would take part in three-day seminar.