Village courts capable of resolving disputes: officials

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RANGPUR, April 19, 2018 (BSS) – Government officials at a workshop have laid emphasis on creating social awareness to explore capability of village courts in quickly resolving local disputes to ensure justice and earn confidence of the rural people.

Government officials at a workshop have laid emphasis on creating social awareness to explore capability of village courts in quickly resolving local disputes to ensure justice and earn confidence of the rural people.

The Kurigram district administration organised the event on ‘Role of local government and non-governmental organisations in enhancing mass public awareness about village courts’ at conference room of the Deputy Commissioner in Kurigram on Wednesday.

The workshop was arranged with assistance of the Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (second phase) project being implemented by Local Government Division with financial assistance of European Union and UNDP.

Thirty participants including officials, and representatives of different government departments and non-governmental organisations involved with implementation of the project in Kurigram district took part.

Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Sultana Pervin attended the workshop as the chief guest with Deputy Director (Local Government) Rafikul Islam Selim in the chair.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC-General) Ashraful Islam and Kurigram Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Amin Al Parvez addressed as special guests.

District Facilitator of UNDP for Kurigram Rukunul Islam Dollar narrated goals of the project that aims to further strengthening activities of village courts in reaching justice easily to the rural poor at their doorsteps.

The participants, on behalf of their respective departments and organisations, narrated their field level experiences in running their activities and prevailing challenges with suggestions for further strengthening of village courts.

The chief guest laid emphasis on creating mass public awareness about village courts those are capable of resolving minor disputes and conflicts amicably in a hassle-free manner without knocking the doors of the courts of police stations.

“The departments and organisations involved with the project implementation process should further strengthen activities of village courts in reaching justice easily to the rural people to attain the suitable development goals by 2030,” she said.

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