Check and balance: Standing committees formed in city

Qasim said under the new local government system, the provincial departments have been devolved


Our Correspondent January 16, 2016
Peshawar naib nazim Syed Qasim Ali Shah addressing a press conference. PHOTO: NNI

PESHAWAR:


Peshawar naib nazim Syed Qasim Ali Shah said a number of standing committees have been constituted to monitor activities and performance of various government departments in the provincial capital.


Speaking at a news conference held at Peshawar Press Club on Saturday, he said these committees will soon present their final reports to the district council. He also called upon the departments concerned to cooperate with members of the committees.

Qasim said under the new local government system, the provincial departments have been devolved. “Due representation has been given to elected representatives from both the treasury and opposition benches,” he said.



Qasim said an assurance committee was also formed to keep a check on the performance of the standing committees. A sum of Rs10,000 has been allocated in the district council budget for each committee to maintain their meeting and travelling expenditures, he explained.

In a reply to a question about the supply of contaminated water in the city, Qasim said the process to replace rusted pipelines has already been initiated in Town-I and II. “In the next phase, the pipelines will also be changed in Town-III and IV,” he said. About the dilapidated roads and inadequate infrastructure in the city, he said the government is trying to resolve the issues faced by the public on a priority basis and vowed to make Peshawar a “city of flowers” once again.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 17th, 2016.

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