LGs to function independently as per LG Government Act 2013, CM

June 3, 2015 Off By Web Desk

Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez khattak has clarified that the local government would perform their functions independently by exercising the powers that were being devolved by the provincial government under the Local Government Act 2013.

He said that the provincial and local governments would not be able to intervene into each other’s affairs and the elected local councilors will have to closely supervise and monitor the performance of the government departments devolved at district level.

He was talking to the delegations of independent elected local councilors from Peshawar, Kohat, Nowshera, Mansehra and Swat districts. The delegations called on the Chief Minister under the leadership of the provincial ministers Ziaullah Afridi, Imtiaz Shahid, MNA Dr. Imran Khattak, Senator Azam Swati, and provincial minister Mahmood Khan and the Parliamentary secretary Dr. Haider Ali respectively.

During the meeting a number of independent elected representatives of the district, tehsil, town, union and village & neighborhood councils announced their joining to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.

Welcoming the councilors into the PTI ranks, the Chief Minister said that the PTI-led provincial government had devised such a revolutionary local government system which had eliminated centralization of powers at the provincial level and the local bodies were fully empowered to work independently for resolving the issues related to civic amenities and other basic facilities like health and education.

He said that members of the provincial assembly have been confined to act as legislators only as per the system of the developed countries.

He urged the councilors to uphold the sanctity of their offices and the elected status, and adopt such mechanism that the common people especially poor and weaker segments of the society should feel a visible relief and comfort by the system. He also asked them to be vigilant about performance of the district departments and report their irregularities, corruption or mal administration if they find any.

The Chief Minister said that the PTI councilors would have to come up to expectations of the people who reposed their confidence in the PTI during the recent local government elections in the province.

He told that the provincial government would allocate 30% of its development budget for the local governments and a huge amount of more than 35 billion rupees shall be disbursed to them while the lower tiers of the system, i.e. village and union councils would be provided with extra allocations in a bid to make them more stronger and effective than tehsil and district councils.

Mr. Khattak informed that a consensus has been reached between the federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments for reducing the duration of the power load shedding, replacement of defected transformers and resolution of dispute between the federal government and residents of Kohat, Karak and Hangu districts for providing them sui gas connections.