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CLAP is the oldest Legal Aid Oriented Human Right Organisation in India concertedly endeavouring for Justice and Equity.

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CLAP, the acronym of Committee for Legal Aid to Poor, is a Non-Governmental Voluntary Organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 (Act XXII of 1860) of India.  It is a legal service and advocacy organisation, which seeks to accomplish freedom, liberty, justice, equity and fair play for every individual in the society. For this purpose it promotes human right with dignity and democratic development.


CLAP got registered as a Society on November 18th 1982. It traversed a long journey for realisation of Human Rights through the means of law in India and observed Silver Jubilee of its existence in 2007. It is based in Cuttack City (the erstwhile capital city of Orissa) in the State of Orissa in India. It works in various states of India with primary focus on Orissa.

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Our Partners

Bernard Van Leer Foundation, The Netherlands

CLAP has been a recipient of financial support of the BvLF since June 1998 towards its project In Defence of the Child, which was implemented in various phases covering different aspects of ECCD and Child Right in Early Childhood. It has been working since then to expand and strengthen legal dimension of ECCD in India in its manifold manifestation. The CLAP with the generous support from BVLF during June 2007-May 2010 for In Defence of the Child - IV pioneered the idea of a legal framework for early childhood education in India. This pioneering effort of CLAP was based on Article 45 of Constitution of India, which was incorporated by 86th Constitutional Amendment Act 2002 (93rd Constitutional Amendment Bill) relating to State Policy on ECCE along with incorporation of the provision recognizing education as a Fundamental Right for children in the age group of 6-14 under Article 21-A. As both the provisions, Article...


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Founder's Message

The Indian Citizen would like to see that their Declarations in the Preamble for Social, Economic and Political Justice be attained.  

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Shyam Sundar Das a lifelong Gandhian

Sarvodaya Worker completed 60 years of public work in 2008.

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The Icon of Justice

Complaint Mechanism

As CLAP works in public domain it has created a complaint mechanism ?

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Disclosure of Public Information

Transparency and Accountability    Policies

Special Polices of   CLAP

(1)  Gender Policy

(2) Child Protection Policy

(3)Policy on Human Resource Development and

(4) Policy on Internship and Volunteering

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