Legal literacy cum training workshop for GBs held at Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Jan 19: Continuing with their collaborative effort “Synergy between customary practices of the traditional village council system and formal laws of India”, the Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) and the Department of Justice, Union Law & Justice Ministry today organized a legal literacy cum training workshop for the Gaon Burahs and Burihs of East Siang district at District & Sessions Court complex, Pasighat today.

The training workshop was organized under the banner “training of trainers” (TOT) as part of the initiative to directly educate and sensitize 500 GBs of the State on various legal Acts and schemes of public importance and thousands of ordinary citizens indirectly through them (GBs).

The TOT initiative is an experimental approach, tangent to APSLSA’s traditional practice of imparting training to the GBs i.e. through recruitment of subject experts as speakers cum trainers. Instead, with TOT, APSLSA has strategized a different approach as GBs were identified and coached as trainers, who then were asked to train their colleagues in a group discussion-style workshop on relevance of their roles as head of the traditional village council.

Two GBs Bobita Bori and Tapir Tamut of Oyan village were appointed as the trainers who led the discussion on the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Courts Act 2021 and the amendments the Act had brought to the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945. In-depth discussions were held amongst the participants and the trainers. The event was moderated by Advocate Tonning Pertin, who also spoke on the evolution of the GB institution in context of the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945.

The workshop was followed by a legal awareness programme for which a host of subject experts including District & Sessions Court Judge Budi Habung, APSLSA Member Secretary Jaweplu Chai, and others were invited to speak on various Acts, legal schemes and entitlements. 

A brief segment to create awareness and appreciation for National Girl Child Day which is observed on 24th January every year was also scheduled during the programme. The session was headed by Machi Gao, Deputy Director (ICDS), East Siang.

East Siang DC Tayi Taggu, SP Sumit Kr Jha and Ashutosh Srivastava from the Department of Justice, New Delhi also participated in the programme via video conferencing.