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Moneylife Foundation launches Legal Helpline and Resource Centre
Need help in legal matters? Moneylife Foundation has launched a new helpline and Legal Resource Centre that aims to provide help in 10 specific areas, like filing complaints, guidance on RTI, PILs, housing societies as well as wills and nominations
 
Moneylife Foundation on Friday launched "Legal Resource Centre" (LRC) to provide information, advice and preliminary guidance to a person needing legal help or planning legal action. The LRC was launched by former Miss World Yukta Mookhey in an event at Mumbai that was attended by several prominent experts and activists.
 

Offering to help and guide people through Moneylife Foundation's Legal Resource Centre, Ms Mookhey in her short but extremely wise speech, pointed out “Through the last two years I have dealt with the law pretty close and have interacted with probably a dozen lawyers. The first question I am asked is ‘Do you really want to get into litigation?’ And I understand where they are coming from. It is probably part of their training to evaluate the client.” 
 

“I believe that it is important to ask this question to oneself. We often feel wronged or cheated and believe that a legal course of action will be right. But when you are coming from a feeling being wronged, you going to end up meeting a lawyer or a doctor or somebody who’s intend going to wrong you further,” pointed out Ms Mookhey.

 

“We should rather ask ourselves: 'Do I really want to get into litigation? Do we really want to fight against something or do I really want to put my energy, all my emotional charge into something else that I rather believe in,” said Ms Mookhey who has been involved in a tough divorce battle.

 

“I felt that had I been in different time and place I could have dealt with my personal life situation very differently. I may feel I am right and I need to prove that I am right and the law says this are my rights and this what I should get and this is what has been done wrongly etc. But those who want to fight legal battles also should know that letting go is also a great act. So, I would really want to suggest among the various things being offered at Moneylife Foundation LRC, one of the things which must always be offered is emotional counselling!"
 

“I have gone through a very painful experience but I wouldn’t want to blame the legal system because there are some great lawyers and great people are doing fantastic work and there are really some genuine human being who are trying to uplift humanity and take us to a better future and I really hope and do pray that Legal Resource Centre and Moneylife Foundation will bring that change from 2014.”
 
Advocate Jamshed Mistry, Yukta Mookhey's lawyer in her legal battles, has been, for a long time, passionate about the idea of setting up a Legal Resource Centre. He said, "The idea of having the Legal Resource Centre that occurred not only to me but few others as well. This was in 2008, when we had the horrible terrorist attack in Mumbai on 26/11. At that time we found there was no easy availability of accurate legal information. Of course, the state has legal resources, but what about an ordinary citizen? And so this is how MLF-LRC shaped up. The other point is, let's have better informed clients, they are so much easier and better to deal with."
 
Focus on 10 Areas
While the Moneylife Foundation Legal Resource Centre would provide free help in 10 areas, the centre will not offer legal advice. It will provide essential, first-level guidance. All registered members of Moneylife Foundation can seek help in the following areas…
  1. Guidance for filing complaints with financial regulators & stock exchanges 
  2. Guidance for filing consumer complaints
  3. Guidance on filing Class Action Suits under new companies Act
  4. Guidance on filing Public Interest Litigation
  5. Guidance to Whistleblowers
  6. Guidance on filing complaints & consequences in Sexual Harassment cases
  7. Guidance Wills, transmission of assets etc. 
  8. Guidance on filing RTI effectively and handling the appeals process
  9. Property, conveyance, cooperative society related issues, registration, stamp duty etc. 
  10. Basic legal research of different kinds especially pertaining to new legislation where there is no case laws in India.
Speaking on the occasion, Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner and Right to Information (RTI) activist, said, “The MLF-LRC will make changes in the lives of many who do not access to legal system, lawyers and forums.”
 
Sandeep Ohri, who has been active in pioneering the switchover of power from Reliance Infrastructure to Tata Power in Mumbai, expressed that the MLF-LRC should put out some sample case, so that people can understand what exactly they would get here. “Sometimes people come with huge or wrong expectations. Therefore it is important for the MLF-LRC to state clearly what exactly people would get,” he said.
 
Environmentalist and Mumbai's foremost and veteran anti-noise activist Sumaira Abdulali also offered her support and help to all those seeking guidance on environmental issues through MLF-LRC. 
 
 
Apart from the Legal Resource Centre Helpline, Moneylife Foundation runs other helplines to assist Moneylifers and the common man namely Insurance Helpline, Mutual Fund Helpline, Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline, Credit Helpline and Disha Counselling Centre for loan-related issues.

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COMMENTS

Simple Indian

3 years ago

Great initiative from MLF on setting up the LRC. Hope it will guide many litigants to have their grievances addressed and rights restored. Kudos to MoneyLife & MLF team !!

deepak s kapadia

3 years ago

where to post the legal query

deepak s kapadia

3 years ago

where to post the legal query

sathyacumaran

3 years ago

sathya cumaran
operational head india
singapore media and channel group
thanks for moneylife this legal help would pave an way for many investors like me who have cheated by the broking houses and where bse nse sebi had failed to take any action and as an journalist we feel that these institution are hand in glow with erring broking houses in india unless we have some top policitical affliation justice for individual citizen is denied but in an small country like Singapore even an ordinary citizen or expariate if he approaches any govt institution for justice its done within an weeks time for which including the prime minister of the country would reply and ry to sort the issue that is the country but country like india where everywhere corruption doesnot speak well of an country we need your help in my case

rikhab

3 years ago

Congratulations to Moneylife team. This is an excellent effort for people at large. Kindly provide me the contact details for onward information to any needy person. thks

abhishekpy

3 years ago

Congratulations to Moneylife team. You are doing a great service for society.

G R Vora

3 years ago


22.2.2014

Dear Sucheta and MLF-LRC team,
My best wishes to you all. This is an excellent initiative for the benefit of the common citizen.

Keep up the good work !!

G R Vora
Mumbai
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suresh kumar gupta

3 years ago

pl provide me the mail id of money helpline to sent my illlegal termination issue

Aadhaar not required to get subsidised LPG cylinders, says Moily

A clarification on delinking Aadhaar account from disbursal of subsidised LPG cylinders would be issued within a week, the minister told the Lok Sabha

 

Consumers across the country can buy subsidised LPG cylinders without an Aadhaar-linked bank account, the government informed the Lok Sabha on Friday.

 

A clarification on delinking Aadhaar account from disbursal of subsidised LPG cylinders would be issued within a week, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerappa Moily said during the Question Hour.

 

As far as direct benefit transfer (DBT) is concerned, Cabinet has decided to delink Aadhar account from disbursal of subsidised LPG cylinders. Now, subsidised cylinders can be purchased without Aadhaar account, the minister said.

 

He said there have been some problems in DBT programme, mainly related to banks, which have been given Rs435 per cylinder (for subsidy) which is not enough since the subsidised price of one cylinder has increased to Rs700.

 

He also emphasised that the government has not increased the price of subsidised cylinders for consumers.

 

Under DBT, about 4.86 crore accounts have been made and around 2.06 crore households have received subsidised cylinders.

 

Regarding know your customer (KYC) norms for LPG connections, the minister said the government has already issued clarifications regarding multiple connections and would liberally look into the matter if required.

 

“If there are two separate LPG connections in the same address, it would be allowed if there are separate kitchens or separate households... A declaration has to be made (by the consumer),” he added.

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Looking for legal help and advice? Access Moneylife Foundation’s Legal Resource Centre
For those seeking legal help, Moneylife Foundation’s new initiative—Legal Resource Centre, will provide support to individuals seeking legal guidance. Here’s how the LRC works
 
After receiving several requests for legal guidance, Moneylife Foundation has setup Legal Resource Centre to help those individuals who are lost when it comes to dealing with the complex Indian legal redressal system and are seeking legal help. The LRC will guide them to the right forum and suggest on how to get the best results. We will not draft applications for them or appear for them in any legal forum.
If you are seeking legal guidance, here is a guide to the MLF-LRC:
 
What is LRC?
The LRC’s (Legal Resource Centre’s) main objective will be to provide information, advice and preliminary guidance to a person needing legal help or planning legal action
 
What will the LRC cover?
The LRC will focus on 10 main areas-
  1. Guidance for filing complaints with financial regulators & stock exchanges 
  2. Guidance for filing consumer complaints
  3. Guidance on IT Act and issues that affect life and liberty.
  4. Guidance on filing Public Interest Litigation
  5. Guidance to Whistleblowers
  6. Guidance on filing complaints & consequences in Sexual Harassment cases
  7. Guidance Wills, transmission of assets etc. 
  8. Guidance on filing RTI effectively and handling the appeals process
  9. Property, conveyance, cooperative society related issues, registration, stamp duty etc. 
  10.  Basic legal research of different kinds especially pertaining to new legislation where there is no case laws in India such as Class Action Suits under the new Companies Act
To know more, kindly visit- http://lrc.moneylife.in/home/seek-help/ 
 
 
 
How will the LRC work?
First and foremost, MLF-LRC will not act as lawyers, but as experienced guides and provide skilled support on how you can sort out a legal issue.
 
The LRC will offer its services free of cost to those who seek legal help. However, the LRC may put in place guidelines to prevent members appropriating an unreasonable time and resources, especially if it is at the cost of others.
  1. This FREE helpline is only for members of Moneylife Foundation on personal issues. 
  2. As a member of Moneylife Foundation anywhere in India or abroad, one can access the LRC by sending us a 300-400 word synopsis of the issue/specific concern by email to [email protected]. First priority of the LRC will be to provide initial help through email only. You could also access the website -  lrc.moneylife.in to log in your complaint under ‘Access LRC
  3. Please do not send scanned documents or attachments unless asked for specifically. When asked, please send only the relevant documents or pages that are specifically requested.
  4. If you are based in Mumbai or in a city where LRC has a presence, you can seek an appointment after prior registration and an email synopsis of the issue. Moneylife Foundation will endeavour to fix an appointment with a domain expert on the basis of their schedule and availability. LRC will always strive to maximise the benefits to the largest number of people by giving appointments to people with similar issues at the same time slots. We will not guarantee confidential hearings unless deemed necessary. You cannot demand an appointment with a specific domain expert. 
The FREE help is not available to any company, firm, business, association or organisation, whether for-profit or not-for-profit.
 
For more details about the ‘Terms and conditions’ of the LRC kindly go to: http://lrc.moneylife.in/feature/terms-of-usage/
 
Legal Resources
The LRC has an entire section on law books which were donated by Shirish Shanbhag, retired professor with over 32 years of experience, and Dr SD Israni, who has over 37 years of experience in Corporate, Commercial and Securities Laws.
 
To view our entire list of advisory committee of experts- http://lrc.moneylife.in/feature/expert-panel/ 
 
The LRC has a compilation of pathbreaking RTI judgements meticulously curated by Shailesh Gandhi, former Central Information Commissioner. These are useful references in RTI appeals. An extensive Legal Referencer has been prepared by Sandeep Jalan. The LRC website provides a compilation of links to various website like that of Diehard Indian, a website by Activist Gaurang Damani which has links to all our everyday needs – how to get a birth certificate, death certificate, passports, how to file a consumer complaints and so on.
 
All this can be accessed on the LRC website under LRC Resources: http://lrc.moneylife.in/feature/lrc-resources/ 
 
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sonia

3 years ago

Very good initiative, Moneylife!

uttamkumar dubey

3 years ago

Hope any govt establishes Moneylife as the torchbearer organisation for all financial matters related to public.

Can BJP/CON/AAP commit such an initiative for the ppl of the nation or they want ruined state of affairs of the nation and the public.

thanks,
uttam

Ramakanth Inani

3 years ago

MONEY LIFE deserves accoloades for starting LRC ( Legal resource centre). In fact all leading dailies/ electronic media ( especially in financial sector) should also start columns , in their paper/ channel. Similarly Ministry of Legal affairs & bar councils also take similar initiatives.

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