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MON, Feb 18: The Deputy Commissioner Mon, W. Honje Konyak, NCS graced the second session of the Nagaland Dobashis’ Association Conference as the guest of honor at Council hall, Mon on 17th Feb 2016. In his address, the Deputy Commissioner gave an orientation to the DBs and briefly highlighted the genesis of Dobashis and its institution in Nagaland.
Stating that the DBs play a key role in maintaining law and order situation in an area, as they are considered to be the eye and ears of the District Administration, Honje said that the DBs should be reliable and well informed on confidential matters and should be capable of conducting fair investigation/ verification. In the absence of administrative officers due to regular transfer and posting the DBs are expected to provide continuity and stability to bridge the gap, he added.
He also clarified that DBs court is not the customary court as people generally believe rather it is a subordinate court to the Deputy Commissioner. However, in the absence of customary court, the judgment of the DBs court is honored by the higher court, including high court and Supreme Court.
Briefing on the court proceedings, he advised the DBs to maintain case records like receipt, parties involved, nature of the case, date of hearing statement and date of the judgment, and proper examination and investigation of evidences to ascertain the facts to deliver justice to the people.
Stressing on the urgency of having ideal DBs in the state, Honje lamented that most of the DBs in Nagaland do not qualify to be an ideal DB as they indulge in substance abuse, irregularities in the composition such as underage, doubtful character, indiscipline, unreliable and insincere. Therefore he questioned whether with such composition, the unique institution of DBs will stand the test of time.
He suggested that appointment of DBs should be done through proper interview only and avoid political/backdoor appointment with equal representation of range/village should be maintained. He also encouraged the DBs to fight with the government to streamline the recruitment system and bring out DBs service rules.
In his short speech PA to DC Wokha, Y.M. Odyuo appealed to the DBs to have a sense of duty and responsibility. He lamented that some DBs do not know their roles and responsibilities while others do not even know the name of their respective administrative officer.
The highlights of the program included traditional song by Tseminyu DBs. The program was chaired by Along, General Secretary NDBA. The conference concluded with the re-nomination of the old office bearers for another term.