GBs trained on synergy between customary and general laws

ITANAGAR, Mar 19: Over 100 head gaon buras, head gaon buris, gaon buras and gaon buris from Papum Pare, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Kamle, Lower Subansiri and East Kameng districts attended a two-day training programme on ‘synergy between customary laws of Arunachal Pradesh and general laws’, which was held here recently.
The training was organized by the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration with the union law ministry’s justice department, under the Access to Justice, North East and Jammu & Kashmir initiative.
In his inaugural address, APSLSA Member Secretary Budi Habung spoke about the responsibility of the legal services authority to provide access to justice for all, free legal services, lok adalats, and the concept of alternative dispute resolution.
RGU professor Nabam Naka Hina spoke on Nyele – the village council system of the Nyishi tribe – and its relevance to the present context, while advocate Kipa Posi spoke on the ST and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Right) Act, and other forest laws, with special reference to the state.
Topics like customary courts (including village authority under the Assam Frontier Regulation of 1945), beneficial schemes of the central and state governments, and the role of GBs in assisting the local administrations in implementation of schemes, etc, were also highlighted on the first day of the training.
The second day featured sessions on the criminal justice system, with reference to FIRs, arrest, bail, etc, and the role of GBs in assisting the police. Topics like child labour and child abuse, the Right to Education Act, the Special Marriage Act, etc, were also discussed.