Punjab government kicks into high gear

Published: March 9, 2011
17 bills to be presented to the Punjab Assembly on March 11 to amend laws.

17 bills to be presented to the Punjab Assembly on March 11 to amend laws.


The Punjab government has decided to bring back the assistant commissioner (AC) (BPS-17) through an amendment in the local government law. As many as 17 bills will be tabled in the session of the Punjab Assembly starting on March 11.

In a meeting chaired by the Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, the cabinet approved drafts of 17 amendment bills regarding the Punjab Government Rules of Business-2011 and running of the affairs of the Local Government, Information, Culture & Youth Affairs, Revenue, Labour, Health, Law and Social Welfare departments, recently transferred to the provinces in the wake of the 18th constitutional amendment.

General Pervez Musharraf had curtailed the magisterial powers of the ACs in 2001 and re-introduced the post with the new moniker of deputy district officer (DDO) (Revenue).  Earlier, ACs had also been the collector in the tehsil where they exercised all revenue powers as well as need of administration. The DDO (Revenue) only enjoyed revenue powers and was not responsible for law and order.

Shahbaz Sharif in 2009 had re-introduced the slot of commissioner by amending the Land Revenue Act. However, after the 18th amendment, local government had become a provincial chapter and the CM has again introduced ACs instead of DDO (Revenue). A few months ago, the CM had abolished 560 different posts including the DDOs (Revenue). The chief minister also issued instructions for setting up a cabinet committee for the strict implementation of minimum wages law in the light of the orders of the Supreme Court.

It was decided that provincial secretaries will pay regular visits to districts in order to solve people’s problems besides improving the efficiency of their departments along with monitoring the performance of their officers.

Expressing his displeasure over the performance of executive district officers for education and health, the CM said that an army of such officers had failed to bring improvement in these sectors. He said the failure to start classes was proof of the unsatisfactory performance of these officers in spite of the availability of teachers and school buildings.

He said that ministers, advisors and secretaries had been assigned the responsibility to monitor arrangements at examination centres for matriculation examinations and he will also visit these centres for this purpose.

The CM further said that implementation of the law regarding minimum wages was a responsibility of the government and a cabinet committee headed by Senior Advisor Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa was being set up which will soon present its recommendations on this. The chief minister congratulated the cabinet committee set up for the amendment in the rules of various departments in the wake of the 18th amendment for completing the job.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 9th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • babar munir khar
    Mar 9, 2011 - 10:40AM

    it is a good decisionRecommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 6:46PM

    no doubt,
    it is good step being taken by the chief minister,
    from this good results will create.

    According to my considered view,
    there should be based on national consensus,
    all the leader/parties sit together and form a unique procedure
    through which we, as a nation may be able to control spreading
    insurgency in the country, otherwise we are heading toward unknown destination
    called a failed state.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 6:53PM

    We must prefer,
    solidarity,integrity,and sovereignty of the country,
    and sacrifice our personal desires on it,
    because everything is attributed with Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 6:55PM

    Matter of the day is insurgency,
    it is our duty to deal with iron hands.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 7:01PM

    It is dire need of the time,
    take a firm stand against this expending terrorism,
    otherwise it will take us to total destruction.

    War of words is going on between the leaders,
    it is not a time,we conflict each other with dirty words.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 7:04PM

    Come out from palaces,
    see the nation and their problems
    and resolve them with full attention and wisdom
    as a ruler it is your duty,
    Allah Almighty is watching all and we are all responsible to Them.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Raymond Devise
    is a American citizen,
    all American behind him
    and arguing he is innocent,they want to save him at all cost,
    on the other hand,here in Pakistan, citizen are dying minute after minute
    but there is no one saving them by changing policies and system,
    what kind of revolution are you talking about.Recommend

  • Mar 9, 2011 - 7:42PM

    No revolution,
    but revolutionary step,

    No change,
    but the policies,bring delightful changes.Recommend

  • Grace
    Mar 10, 2011 - 1:31AM

    Sensible steps taken by the Chief Minister who shows why Punjab remains the best run province in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Syyed Altaf Hussain Gillani
    Apr 9, 2011 - 1:21PM

    A very strong and right & Appriciated descian taken by the CM, Punjab. It was the necessary for our Country.Recommend

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