Itanagar: More than hundred village heads (Gaon Burahs and Gaon Burihs) of East Kameng and Pakke Kessang districts of Arunachal Pradesh on Saturday attended an online legal literacy cum training programme on “Synergy between customary practices of the Traditional Village Council system and formal laws of India”, official sources said on Sunday.
The training programme, being implemented under the DISHA (Designing Innovative Solutions for Holistic Access to Justice) scheme, was organized by the Department of Justice (DoJ), Union Ministry of Law and Justice in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA).
In total, 103 GBs attended the online programme from pre-designated centres – arranged by the APSLSA with support from the concerned district authorities. The programme was divided into two sessions. During the training session, the GBs were educated and apprised about several important topics, relevant to their roles as head of the Traditional Village Council, such as the Assam Frontier Regulation of 1945 and its amendment, and provisions of the AP Civil Courts Act of 2021.
This was followed by the legal awareness session on topics of public interest related to Legal Aid, entitlements and schemes that the GBs and common citizens ought to know like the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act 2005, basics of criminal and civil laws, POCSO Act, etc.
District & Sessions Judge of Ziro, Jaweplu Chaia and Advocates Sunil Lingfa, Jagu Gyadi and Sunil Tara were the resource persons.
APSLSA Member Secretary Yomge Ado, Chief Judicial Magistrate (Seppa) Habung Tangu, Pakke Kessang DC Tayek Pado and Habung Hailyang, East Kameng SP Rahul Gupta and Programme Manager (DoJ) Ashutosh Shrivastava also attended the event.
The programme concluded with a presentation on the “Each One, Teach Ten” initiative – a subsidiary of the incumbent GB Training Project under which the GBs are expected to give legal awareness to 10 members of their respective villages.
The APSLSA-DoJ team aims to train 500 GBs from across 13 districts of Arunachal by the end of this Project and expects to further sensitize an additional 5,000 rural residents (500 GBs x 10) through the Each One Teach Ten initiative, the APSLSA member secretary said.