Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday said the State Government is making a policy to streamline the appointment of gaon burhas (village headman) and gaon buris (village headwoman).

In reply to a BJP member Kento Rina during the Question Hour in the Assembly, Khandu said that the State Government is yet to approve the policy that had been prepared by the General Administration department.

The chief minister also said that a meeting will soon be held for discussion of the policy.

“We will soon call an all-party meeting to discuss on the policy and for vetting before approving it,” he added.

Khandu also claimed that a gaon burah controls 50 households or 100 members in a village.

BJP member Gabriel D Wangsu urged the government to appoint a sufficient number of gaon buris too in many areas of the state.

The gaon burha institution in the State was introduced under the Assam Frontier (Administration of Justice) Regulation, 1945.

As per the Regulation, the gaon burhas of Arunachal Pradesh are the most important village level functionary who are responsible for all the developmental and law and order related duties in the village.

Moreover, the gaon burhas are the representatives of the government in the village and hence are bound by all the government instructions issued time to time.

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