Pro Bono Legal services programme was launched by Sh. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon'ble Minister for Law & Justice in April 2017. An initiative of the Department of Justice, the programme is aimed at fulfilling the Department's critical mandate of enhancing "access to justice" for marginalised sections of the society and the State's constitutional obligation of providing "free legal aid" for all. The programme seeks to put in place an institutional structure which will promote pro bono culture in India. On one hand, the programme would facilitate delivery of quality legal assistance to the marginalised communities, on the other hand it would ensure that lawyers who volunteer their valuable time and service, towards this public service, are duly recognized for their contribution.
Based on the premise of using technology to enhance access to justice for all, the Nyaya Bandhu app will allow marginalised individuals (referred to as "Applicants"), seeking quality legal advice and counsel, to connect via a mobile application with "Advocates" who have volunteered their time and services on this platform.