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Buying power: Punjab govt relaxes austerity measures

The provincial government has relaxed austerity measures against departments making unnecessary purchases, keeping in view the concerns of newly elected heads of local government. According to a notification available with The Express Tribune, the Punjab government granted permission to the local government to purchase information technology equipment, machinery and items …

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MCI members lament shortage of funds

The members of the Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) on Tuesday lamented government’s indifferent attitude towards local government system in the capital city and shortage of funds to run even the daily business. The meeting of the MCI was held here to discuss annual budget-2017-18 for the Corporation. Opposition members, majority …

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LG System: Govt to finally tackle transition from old to new

To address shortcomings of grass-roots governance, three sub-committees formed to propose amendments to the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA) 2013 and resolve transition issues, have finalised their draft, The Express Tribune has learnt. A 15-member committee was formed in April, 2017, by the Punjab chief minister to address transition issues, reform the …

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Rs12 billion announced for Karachi’s development

The Sindh government has allocated Rs71 billion, including Rs5 billion for development projects, for the local government’s councils across the province, counting the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation, for the next financial year. The provincial budget comprises a 12-billion-rupee special package for carrying out major development schemes in Karachi in continuation of …

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Bill moved for granting more powers to IMC

The National Assembly on Tuesday accorded approval to move a bill for granting more powers to local government in Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation. Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi referred the bill, moved by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf MNA Asad Umar to standing committee after government members did not oppose it. Informing the House …

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KPK approves four development projects worth Rs 3266.505 million

The Provincial Development Working Party (PDWP) on Monday approved four development projects worth Rs 3266.505 million. In its meeting held in Peshawar under the Chairmanship of the Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad Azam Khan, the PDWP deferred two projects owing to inadequate designs and strategies which were returned to …

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‘Local govt doctors awaiting promotion for 16 years’

Doctors and paramedics working with Punjab Local Government and Community Development have not received promotions for 16 years due to frequent changes in the province’s local government systems, a convention of local government doctors said on Sunday. The convention was attended by PML-N MNA Malik Abrar, local PML-N leader Dr …

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ECP unseats Rawalpindi mayor, 17 RMC members

The Election Commission on Pakistan on Wednesday unseated the Rawalpindi mayor and 17 members of the Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on reserved seats for violating election laws because the PML Metropolitan president and Rawalpindi mayor influenced members to vote for his favoured candidates. However, the mayor, Sardar Naseem, has announced …

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‘Scheme’ to divide Lahore into four dists in the works

In view of Lahore’s burgeoning population, the Punjab government is contemplating a proposal to divide it into four districts. A scheme (based on the proposal) is being drafted after consultations amid reports that Lahore’s population has reached 20 million. The Home Department had formed a committee comprising senior officials of …

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AJK cabinet approves food authority for valley

In a move which will add an additional burden on the already stretched exchequer, the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) cabinet on Tuesday approved a move to increase the salaries and allowances of ministers in the valley by over 200 per cent. The move was approved during a meeting of …

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