Peshawar: Senior Minister for Local Government Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inayat Ullah Khan has said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is feudal minded and not ready for devolving powers local government representatives in Punjab.
“Why Punjab government still has failed in conducting the election Mayer and deputy Mayer, Chairman and deputy chairman of municipal committee in the province” asked the minister in a press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Monday.
“Being the head of Local Council Association and MNA Danyal Aziz should not raise the issue of local government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa if Danyal met with me, I will address him better” he infuriated.
He said that KP was the only province in which true devolution of power transfer to local government because 30 percent of developmental funds would be used by the local authorities.
The minister maintained that KP had devolved political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of local governments in terms of Article 140 of the constitution.
“More than eight months have been passed to the local government election in Sindh and Punjab but neither Mayer, deputy Mayer, nor chairman and deputy chairman have been elected” Mr Inayat said.
Similarly, he said that transparent delimitation of local councils across the province which was also appreciated and endorsed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan during the course of proceeding in the case titled “President High Court Bar Association etc versus Federation of Pakistan and others.
He added that KP government had taken sufficient steps in local government matter therefore Danyal should mind his own business because everything was going on right direction in KP and with the passage of time amendments would be made in local government for empowering the local authorities and not for curbing their powers.
He said that the salaries issues of neighborhood nazmeens and village councils nazmeens and vehicle issues of tehsil nazmeen had been solved.
The local government minister further said that conducting elections of local government was a part of his manifesto before the general elections which they gave practical shape in May last year.
Mr Inayat said that for strengthening the local government system in KP, funds had been allocated to local governments in the province without any discrimination, adding that Rs42 billion allocated during the Fiscal Year2016-17 for local government out of which 50 percent released to developmental funds.
He said that one of the landmark changes in the local government system was the creation of village and neighborhood councils so as to take local government system to the grassroots level and for this purpose1001 union councils in the province had been further delimited into 3501 newly created villages and neighborhood councils thus increasing people representation by more than three and half times.