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Late announcement of PFC award upsets local govts

The three tiers of local government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa couldn’t pass their budgets before commencement of new financial year owing to late announcement of Provincial Finance Commission award, according to sources. They said that according to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government Act, 2013, the provincial government was bound to announce PFC …

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Meeting reviews development schemes in Pindi district

The remodelling and improvement of three main squares in PP-14 will begin on Monday, and the work will be completed within two to three weeks, a meeting held to review development work in the Rawalpindi district was informed on Saturday. The meeting was held at the Commissioner’s Office and chaired …

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K-P to release 50% uplift funds at start of year

The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has issued its new release policy for the fiscal year 2017-18, setting up 50 per cent releases for the ongoing approved developmental schemes at the start of the year. The K-P finance department has issued the Release Policy 2017-18, increasing the first tranche release for the ongoing …

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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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