POST TIME: 5 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Adequate manpower for running of village courts underscored

Adequate manpower for running of village courts underscored

RANGPUR: Officials and experts at a divisional conference yesterday underscored the need for increasing manpower to ensure smooth functioning of the village courts in reaching justice to the rural people's doorsteps, reports BSS. They came up with the observation at the conference on 'Importance and Role of Local Administrations in Activating Village Courts' held at Begum Rokeya auditorium of RDRS Bangladesh in Rajshahi.  The divisional administration organised the conference under the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (second phase) Project being implemented with financial assistance of the European Union and UNDP. The Local Government Division is implementing the project through Eco Social Development Organisation (ESDO) in 183 unions under 20 upazilas of four northern districts of Panchagarh, Rangpur, Kurigram and Gaibandha under Rangpur division.

Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed attended as the chief guest with Rangpur Divisional Director (Local Government) Md Anwar Hossain in the chair.  On behalf of the UNDP, National Project Coordinator of the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (second phase) Project M Asaduzzaman delivered welcome speech.  The participating union chairmen narrated experiences in running the village courts and prevailing challenges with suggestions for further strengthening and increasing the judicial jurisdiction of the village courts.

The chief guest stressed on increasing manpower of village courts to give those institutional shapes for reaching justice to the rural people by resolving minor disputes and conflicts amicably through proper implementation of the project.

Later, the chief guest inaugurated pictorial exhibition on the activities of village courts in Rangpur division and visited different stalls set up by administrations of the four northern districts. Two hundred and fifty-eight participants, including Deputy Commissioners, Deputy Directors (Local Government), Upazila Nirbahi Officers, union chairmen, officials of the Local Government Division from the four districts participated.