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Consultative Meeting on Project

APSLSA in collaboration with Department of Justice, Ministry of Law & Justice, GOI organised Consultative Meeting on Project title- Legal Literacy Training Programme for Gaon Buras and Gaon Buris of Arunachal Pradesh (Synergy Between Customary Laws of Arunachal Pradesh & General Laws) on 12 January 2019 at Itanagar which was attended among others by Shri Azimul Haque,Secretary,Personel & AR,Govt of Arunachal Pradesh,Shri Budi Habung,Member Secretary,State Legal Services Authority,Shri Kardak Ete, Sr.Additional Advocate General, Shri Dani Belo,Deputy Secretary,Law,Ms Jumyir Basar,Professor,RGU,Shri Damge Niri,Judicial Magistrate First Class,Tawang ,Shri Muk Pertin,Sr Advocate,Shri Marto  Kato,Advocate,Smt Kani Nada Maling,Secretray General,APPWS,Legal Aid Counsels,students of ALA ,large numbers of Gaon Burhas and Buris coming from various parts of the state.The one day training programme as sponsored by the Department of Justice,Govt of India under the project:Access to justice in North East,J&K Initiative seeks to enhance the legal knowledge  and capacity building of the institution of gaon burahs-the village authority in the dispensation of justice.

Earlier in the programme,shri Budi Habung,delivering his key note and inaugural address spoke on the objectives of  holding the training for them as they are primarily responsible for administration justice to the people at large.He also spoke on the issues of administration of justice  under the Assam Frontier Administration of Justice) Regulation 1945.He also asked them to proactively participate in the training.Shri A.Haque,the Chief Guest while complementing the gaon burahs and buris as the agents of the Government requested them to do their duties sincerely, while recalling his posting at Andamans where there is captainship system and his association with the legal services during his stint in Delhi.

Prof Jumyir Basar,of RGU  spoke on significance of traditional justice delivery system in tribal society.She said that traditional system of justice through gaon burah has more benefits like social integration of offenders/culprits; peaceful resolution of conflicts through mediation.Shri Kardak Ete,Sr Additional AG speaking on historical background of AFR and its relevancy in the present context reiterated his views that in the interest of the tribal society, traditional law should be conserved and that gaon burah should know their powers.

Later on Shri Marto Kato,Secretary of the local high court bar association I in his session implication of separation of judiciary from executive dwelt in length the stages of development of judiciary in the state and its implication in the administration of justice. He further informed that the High Court has directed to amend the 1945 Regulation.Shri Muk Pertin,Sr Advocate speaking on the topic-functioning of current tribal justice system etc highlighted the important functions undertaken by them in justice delivery under the Regulations and called upon them to discharge their duties sincerely. Shri Dani Belo spoke on topic-Repeal Amend of AFR-way forward informed about pending amendment to the Regulation under consideration of the Government.Later on the Representatives of the Gaon Burahs spoke on the issues pertaining to the organisation and sought the assistance of all concerned.

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