CM directs concerned authorities to frame rules for implementation of LG Act 2013June 7, 2015
Peshawar: Reiterating his resolve for fully empowering the forthcoming local government institutions, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak directed the concerned authorities to frame such rules that could implement the Local Government Act 2013 in letter and spirit.
“We believe in total devolution and independence of the Local Governments (LGs), and administrative heads of the districts will have to do nothing with the development funds approval of development schemes as such a practice might incite commissions and other corrupt practices at district level”, he remarked while chairing an intensive meeting regarding devolution of powers to the elected local councils.
The meeting, held at the Chief Minister Secretariat Monday, was also attended by the senior ministers, Inayatullah and Shahram Khan Tarakai, the Provincial Ministers, Atif Khan, Mushtaq Ghani, Shah Farman, Muzaffar Said, Imtaiz Shahid, Advisor to the CM, Akbar Ayub, the Provincial Organizer of the PTI, Yousaf Ayub, the Chief Secretary, secretaries of Local Government, Finance, Planning & Development, Law, education and health and other concerned officers.
The meeting discussed at length the proposed Rules of Business (ROBs) framed by the committee formed earlier for this purpose and it was observed that the huge financial allocations, to be made for the LGs, as well as the ambitious plan for making the elected councils fully effective under the LGA requires very careful formulation of the ROBs.
Therefore, it was decided that all the rules and procedures about working of the district executive and administrative heads, councils and the devolved district departments must be clearly determined well before establishment of the LGs. It also discussed various ways and means to ensure smooth coordination and favorable working relationship between District Nazims and Deputy Commissioners and other district departments.
Expressing the PTI-led coalition government’s commitment for devolution of powers, Pervez khattak said, since the LGA provides for the District Nazim to act as executive head of the district, therefore, he/she should be empowered by the ROBs to take action against the administrative head, i.e., Deputy Commissioner in case of any wrongdoing.
He was of the view that being executive head, DN should also look after the law and order affairs. In this connection the Chief Minister constituted a committee, headed by the Senior Minister Inayatullh, to recommend proposals for determining the role of the district government and police to deal with law and order matters.
The Chief Secretary had floated the idea that a committee within the district government’s system may be constituted to which the district police should be answerable regarding law and order and other police affairs.
The chief minister directed that operational functions of all devolved departments should also be looked after by the district governments and matters related to the missing facilities of schools, the district and lower level hospitals and those of all other devolved departments would be responsibility of the district governments.
He also directed the LG department to make arrangements for establishment of secretariats of all the district governments on the pattern of the Provincial Assembly and properly train their staff to enable them to adhere to the LGA and the system.
He ordered that such ROBs be framed that district and other councils should exercise all those powers which would be made available to them under the LGA. He warned that any rule or proposal would not be acceptable that could weaken the LG system.