Legal literacy prog for GBs conducted

ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Gaon burahs and gaon buris from various parts of the state participated in ‘legal literacy training programme’ organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) here on Saturday.
The programme, which was sponsored by the union justice department under the project, ‘Access to justice in Northeast’, sought to “enhance the legal knowledge and capacity building of the institution of the village authority in the dispensation of justice,” APSLSA OSD Dani Belo informed in a release.
Addressing the participants, APSLSA Member Secretary Budi Habung spoke on issues of administration of justice under the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation (AFR) 1945, while Personnel & AR Secretary Azimul Haque advised the GBs to carry out their duties sincerely.
RGU professor Jumyir Basar spoke on the significance of the traditional justice delivery system in the tribal society. “The traditional system of justice through GBs has more benefits, like social integration of offenders/culprits and peaceful resolution of conflicts through mediation,” she said.
Senior Additional Advocate General Kardak Ete dwelt on the historical background of the AFR and its relevance in the present context. He advocated conserving the traditional laws of the tribal society, and urged the GBs to know their powers, in the interest of the society.
Advocate Marto Kato spoke on the implications of separation of the judiciary from the executive, and enumerated the stages of development of the judiciary in the state. He informed that the high court has directed that the AFR 1945 be amended.
Senior advocate Muk Pertin highlighted the activities undertaken by lawyers under the AFR, and urged the GBs to discharge their duties with sincerity.
Belo spoke about the amendment to the AFR, which is currently pending government consideration. Representatives of the GBs also spoke.
Among others, APPWS secretary-general Kani Nada Maling, legal aid counsels, and students of ALA attended the programme.