Divisional conferences held for activating village courts
During January-April 2018, following directions of Local Government Division, Divisional Commissioner’s Office, Director, Local Government and Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Phase II Project (AVCB II) organized six divisional conferences on “Importance and responsibilities of local administration for activating village courts”.
Divisional conferences held in Khulna, Barisal, Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi were chaired by concerned Directors, Local Government while Divisional Commissioners were present as Chief Guests. In addition, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, 14 Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the respective districts under project areas attended as special guests. A total of 995 participants were present in these conferences that included members of District Training Pools (DTPs), Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), Union Parishad’s chairmen from respective project areas, representatives of local media, partner NGOs and AVCB II Project staff.
Progress of on-going activities of AVCB II, coordination and collaboration of local administration, expected targets of the project, challenges and mitigation measures as well as learnings were presented from inception stage to dates of the conferences. Participants shared several recommendations including regularizing Village Courts Management Committees (VCMC) meetings by Deputy Directors Local Government (DDLGs) and implementing its important decisions; sending quarterly reports to concerned Directors, Local Government on the overall updates of village courts (VCs).