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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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‘Strong LGs needed to redress grievances of Sindh’s people’

A strong local government is needed to redress the grievances of all the communities living in Sindh because the present system has many flaws and requires rectification, guests at a research report launch were told on Tuesday. The launch of ‘Undermining Local Governance: A Review of the Sindh Local Government …

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LG reduces Peshawar’s uplift funds by Rs126 million

While unveiling the Rs10 billion next budget for Peshawar, the local government on Wednesday announced the Rs126.42 million reduction in the city’s development outlay for 2017-18. District nazim Mohammad Asim Khan announced the budget during a session of the city council here, where some PTI councillors tried to disrupt the …

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SC admits plea seeking more powers for city mayor

The controversy between the provincial and local governments over the powers of the city mayor took a significant turn on Wednesday when the Supreme Court admitted for hearing a constitutional petition of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan seeking powers for the local governments under Article 140-A of the Constitution. Earlier, the …

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