New local government system in preparation – Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan formed a committee on Sunday to recommend within a week a proposal for a new local government structure that will be considered and presented to provincial assemblies to launch the required legislative process within a month.
While chairing a meeting at the prime minister’s office, Khan said new laws had to be prepared within a week so that they could be implemented in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – the provinces where his PTI has his government. . Sindh, where the PPP has its government, and Balochistan, where a BAP-led coalition is in power, would be invited to apply the new LG system under Article 140-A of the Constitution, he said. he adds.
At the meeting, which was also attended by chief ministers from three of the four provinces in addition to federal and provincial ministers and secretaries, Federal Minister of Information Fawad Chaudhry and Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa made presentations. separate on the local government system. Another round of discussions on the issue will take place on Monday (today) when it is decided whether trade union councils will continue to exist under the new system or whether they will be replaced by village councils.
Imran wants provinces involved in legislation
The Prime Minister said that the transfer of power to the local level and the empowerment of the people in the real sense was the main part of the PTI reform agenda. Khan said the past practice of centralizing power has deprived the people of any say in government affairs.
It was learned that the Prime Minister approved the new system proposed by the Minister of Information and decided that after the end of the mandate of the current local bodies, the district government would cease to exist. Instead, there would be tehsil governments headed by tehsil mayors, while the city mayor would head the entire system of tehsil governments in a city.
Addressing Dawn after the meeting, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: “I have proposed an LG system like the one that works in London, Birmingham and the Scandinavian countries in which the city’s mayor is elected directly by the people and not by tehsil and union councils.
He said that in the direct election system, people vote twice at a time, and candidates for the city and tehsil mayor positions should get at least 51% of the vote.
However, the governor-designate of Punjab, Chaudhry Sarwar, and the chief minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal, opposed the system of direct elections in the country. Mr Kamal said people would not be able to understand the direct voting system, but the prime minister was of the opinion that the direct election of the mayor system should be implemented so that the funds can be used. by mayors instead of members of national and provincial assemblies.
On the proposal to replace trade union councils with village councils, the Minister of Information told the meeting that it would not be possible to provide infrastructure to 56,000 villages in the country. “I proposed that the existing trade union councils be kept and this was also approved by the prime minister,” he said.
In a separate meeting, Prime Minister Khan called on relevant officials to develop a comprehensive action plan in consultation with all stakeholders within 48 hours for the safety of Zairians visiting holy sites in Iran, Iraq and in other countries during the next month of Muharram.
The Chief Minister of Balochistan, Jam Kamal Khan, the Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afridi, the Secretary to the Prime Minister, the Secretary of the Interior, the Secretary for Religious Affairs, the Chief Secretary of Balochistan and Senior government officials also attended the meeting.
Prime Minister Khan said no effort should be spared to provide rock-solid security and proper facilities to Zairians.
He asked relevant officials that immigration counters at the Pakistan-Iran border should be improved to facilitate the speedy immigration process. He also asked them to develop a permanent mechanism to streamline the whole process.
In this context, the Prime Minister asked the Minister of State of Interior to coordinate with the Chief Minister of Balochistan and other stakeholders, including the security forces and the Ministry of Religious Affairs, to streamline the process and ensure the provision of as many facilities as possible to the Zairians.
He said that a comprehensive action plan with deadlines and demarcated responsibilities would be submitted to him for approval.
Posted in Dawn, le 3 September 2018