Legislation: Shahbaz Sharif approves draft of new local government law

Published: July 19, 2013

The Punjab chief minister said a proposal to introduce panchayat system in villages would also be considered. PHOTO: INP

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday approved the draft for a new local government system.

Minister for Local Government and Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Minister for Agriculture Farrukh Javed, Minister for Education Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, MNA Hamza Shahbaz, the chief secretary and secretaries of law and local government departments were present in the meeting.

The law minister told the meeting that government needed five months to conduct local body elections.

The chief minister said the government wanted to hold local elections as soon as possible. He said the approved draft of the Punjab Local Government Bill would be placed before the standing committee of the Assembly. The chief minister said transparency had been the top priority in the new system.

He said separate authorities would be established for education and health sectors and reconciliation councils would be formed to resolve disputes at local levels.

He said a proposal to introduce panchayat system in villages would also be considered. Sharif said the proposal for municipal police in cities was also being considered.

He said an efficient local government system was essential for solving people’s problems at the local level. At the same time, he said, a system of check and balance was also essential.

Sanaullah told the meeting that the government had sent a summary for convening the assembly session.

He said the bill would be introduced to the Punjab Assembly next week.

He was hopeful that the bill would be passed within a month.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had ordered all provincial governments to hold local body elections by September.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 19th, 2013.

Reader Comments (3)

  • Walayat Malik
    Jul 19, 2013 - 5:18AM

    If there is any role of DMGs in the local government then CM Shebaz Sharif should not bother to have any local government elections. Why can’t these governing elite trust common man to govern themselves? In all democracies in the West-that these super rich like to spend time and enjoy-local governments are autonomous and have directly elected mayors, have local administration and local police independent of the provincial or federal controls. Pakistan needs only 3 levels of government: Federal, Provincial and Local (Municipal) as per the constitution. Why we have 6 levels: Federal, Provincial, Division, District, Tehsil and Union Councils. Civil society is too docile to question these super-rich rulers. Why?

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  • judicialactivismpanel
    Jul 19, 2013 - 8:46AM

    The Chief judge says September. Will this amount to contempt of court?

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  • Daud
    Jul 19, 2013 - 2:54PM

    The Great Imran Khan is also working on the Ordinance to save the Elephants and after that when he will come back KP government will work on the local government ordinance as well.Recommend

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