Gaon burahs, gaon buris trained on customary and general laws

TEZU, Apr 30: The Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) in collaboration with the union law & justice ministry’s justice department conducted a two-day training programme on ‘synergy between customary laws of Arunachal Pradesh and general laws’ for the gaon burahs and gaon buris of eight districts, here on Saturday and Sunday.
The programme, which was held under the ‘Access to justice, Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir’ project, saw the participation of about 70 GBs from Lohit, Tirap, Changlang, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw, Longding and Namsai districts.
Lohit District & Sessions Judge Ito Basar and APSLSA Member Secretary Budi Habung addressed the gathering.
On the first day, Habung spoke on the role and responsibility of the APSLSA in providing access to justice for all, free legal services, lok adalats, the concept of alternative dispute resolution, and the state’s victim compensation scheme.
Advocate T Boo spoke on customary courts, including the village authority, under the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945, and on the state’s judiciary in the present context.
Other resource persons included advocates Sasamlu Minin, J Manyu and B Tayang.
The programme also featured an interaction between the participants and the resource persons, and certificates were later distributed to the participants.
The legal literacy training programme was aimed at providing facilities and ‘access to justice’ platforms at the grassroots level, and to ensure providing opportunities for securing justice for all.
The project aims to train nearly 400 GBs across the state, who have been identified linguistically under six zones.