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Power to the people

AFTER social sector development has been a subject of negligence for decades, the crisis of governance has become unmanageable. People seem to be left unguarded as violent seasonal variations subject them to hunger and diseases. The climate change affecting water cycle, natural habitate and crop patterns, education sector should have been …

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‘LGs to be made independent’

Chief Minister Pervez Khattak said on Tuesday that the local governments would be strengthened and made independent of any interference. Speaking at a meeting on local government sector at the Chief Minister Secretariat here, he directed formulation of a comprehensive plan to define actual power, authority and responsibilities of the …

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LG uplift policy extended to six more districts

The local government and rural development department has extended the policy on the Community Driven Local Government Development to six more districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa taking the number of the districts covered by the Rs9.92 billion initiative to 12. This was announced by LGRD secretary Syed Jamaluddin Shah while addressing …

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Pakistan needs a robust LG system

In Pakistan, 60% people live in rural areas where poor infrastructure, lack of economic opportunities coupled with poor public services has resulted in chronic poverty. Four out of 10 Pakistanis are living in acute poverty. Due to poor provision of public services, particularly in rural areas, the poor suffer more …

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Body for monitoring LG institutions remains dysfunctional

Despite having a fully-functional secretariat, the Sindh Local Government Commission (SLGC) is still incomplete and dysfunctional for want of nomination of two members of the provincial assembly — one each from the treasury and opposition, it emerged on Tuesday. Sources said despite repeated reminders from the SLGC, the assembly staff …

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Administrations to use funds in districts without local govts

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on Thursday approved the proposed amendments to the Local Government Act, 2013, to allow the district administrations to use development funds in their respective areas, where the local governments don’t exist. Special assistant to the chief minister on higher education Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani told reporters after …

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Nazims to lock offices against reduced funds

The nazims of village and neighbourhood councils in Oghi, Mansehra and Balakot tehsils have announced they will lock their offices from Aug 21 against reduction in development and non-development budget of the current and the previous years. “We are unanimous in observing strike and locking our offices in all three …

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City council demands justice for slain local govt representative

The council of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation in its meeting on Monday strongly condemned the killing of Korangi’s union council 13 vice chairman, Muhammad Rashid, by unidentified persons. The local bodies’ representatives passed a unanimous resolution demanding the Sindh government to ensure his killers are arrested without any delay. The …

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‘Local government system virtually abolished in Sindh’

Strong local governments are needed to address grievances of all the communities living in Sindh. The tenure of current local government (LG) system in Sindh needs to be extended to five years instead of the current tenure of four years. Researcher and the executive director of the Institute for Progressive …

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