‘Punjab Local Government Act 2019 repeals old law, organisations’

Representatives of old system will be rendered powerless

Our Correspondent May 06, 2019

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Law Basharat Raja said the Local Government Act 2013, former local government organisations and local representatives would become impotent with the implementation of the Punjab Local Government Act 2019.

Under the new local government system, notification of administration has been issued. He maintained that a cabinet committee and transition teams would work on provincial, divisional and district level for effectively implementing the change and for which quick work has been started.

Raja said the minister for local government would be the head of provincial cabinet while MPs would be among the members. The committee would issue the monitoring process and necessary instructions while additional chief secretary would be the head of provincial transition team and secretaries of the departments concerned would be among the members.

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He further said the provincial transition team has set up a transactional plan for transferring assets, dues, staff and offices of former local government organisations.

“Respectively, related commissioner and deputy commissioner will be the head of divisional and district transition teams and all these teams will make sure to complete the process of change in light of transition plan as soon as possible,” he said while highlighting the features of the new system. He said the promise of change which was made by Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has started and a new era of construction and development in every village of Punjab is about to begin.

Law Minister Basharat Raja said Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has approved the transfer of daily wages visually-impaired employees appointed in the governmental departments across province on contract basis. Approving this in the meeting of cabinet committee, the CM had directed the Punjab chief secretary to implement these instructions from all departments.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2019.


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