Village courts rewards UPs

21 Sep 2013

imageVillage Court has reduced time, expenses and hassle that plaintiffs often associate with conventional courts system. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh.

The Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh (AVCB) Project has awarded 36 Union Parishads (UPs) for their outstanding performance in village courts on 21 September 2013 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka.

The awards ceremony was presided over by Mr. Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan, Secretary for LGD while Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, State Minister for the  Ministry of Local Government & Cooperatives (MoLGRD&C) was present as Chief Guest and Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh as a Guest of Honour.

In the welcome speech, Mr. KM Mozammel Hoq, Additional Secretary of LGD and National Project Director, AVCB Project stated the objective of the event was to create a positive competition among the UPs in activatating Village Courts (VCs).

In his speech, the Chief Guest, Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, MP, State Minister for the Ministry of Local Government & Cooperatives referred to the recently passed Village Court (Amendment) Bill, 2013 as an example of the willingness of the government to activate VCs.

Ms. Pauline Tamesis, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh said that the initiative has reduced time, expenses and hassle that plaintiffs often associate with conventional courts system. She used the example of Jahanara Begum, one of the project beneficiaries to illustrate the impact of village courts. She also expressed the necessity of nation-wide approach towards village court activation.

Finally, 36 UPs were rewarded with crests and certificates for securing highest marks among 338 UPs under AVCB project area. In addition, 6 UPs were rewarded as the best at divisional level.