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DCs to administer education, health authorities

The Punjab Local Government and Community Development (LG&CD) department on Sunday established district education authorities (DEAs) and district health authorities (DHAs) in districts and appointed respective deputy commissioners as their administrators. The Punjab government will separately establish and determine the composition of these authorities for each district. The authority’s members …

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Administrative affairs: Civil Administration Ordinance becomes order of the day

A day after the cabinet’s approval, the Punjab governor promulgated the Civil Administration Ordinance 2016 to replace district coordinating officers with deputy commissioners. According to the notification, the government shall appoint a commissioner who will be the in-charge of general administration and the principal representative of the government in a …

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Local councils to get Rs391bn in current fiscal year

The Interim Provincial Finance Commission (IPFC) Award of 2016 approved by the Punjab cabinet on Friday has committed 44 percent of the Net Provincial Consolidated Fund (NPCF) to local governments besides devising a multi-factor formula for a horizontal distribution of resources – to strengthen local governments. The share of local …

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Interim Provincial Finance Commission Award okayed

The Punjab Cabinet in its meeting with Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair yesterday, approved the design of Interim Provincial Finance Commission Award, 2016.  The recommendations for the Interim PFC Award 2016 were finalised by an Interim Provincial Finance Committee on December 08 under the chairpersonship of Finance Minister …

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Hardly local

With the completion of the local government elections in Punjab, the third tier of the government is finally in place. The representatives will take oath on December 31, and start functioning with the beginning of the new year. Punjab is the last province to complete this exercise whereas Sindh, Khyber …

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Arrangements for local govt transition to be completed by Dec 30

Punjab Chief Secretary Capt (r) Zahid Saeed has ordered district coordination officers (DCOs) to complete all arrangements regarding transition to local governments by December 30. He directed that matters related to establishment of health and education authorities at district level, division of assets and liabilities, and financial matters be finalised …

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Back to the square one

Let’s congratulate ourselves for completing the process of reviving colonial-era commissionerate system in Pakistan with Punjab putting it into effect through an ordinance. The reason is that we can’t part with the legal system and structures the British India had devised to transform people into’ loyal’ subjects. Blame the lethargy …

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Give LGs a chance

LOCAL governments are important for the entire country but carry special significance for the largest province in the federation — Punjab. Although a certain degree of scepticism surrounds the advent of the new era of elected LGs after a gap of some eight years, the completion of the last phase …

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From next month: Punjab finally braces for local governance

After Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Sindh, Punjab will finally have its local government system up and running in January, 2017 as a year-long local bodies election exercise concludes on December 31 with mayors and deputy mayors taking oath of their offices. On Saturday, the Punjab government informed all district coordination …

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Workshop for village councillors concludes

Speakers at the concluding session of a training workshop for councillors on Wednesday asked the local government representatives to learn the process of planning and presenting budget and other financial matters. The three-day workshop for village councillors was arranged jointly by the Sarhad Rural Development Programme (SRSP) and Community Driven …

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