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MCI seeks Rs1 billion fund for offices, staff of UCs

Adviser of Municipal Corporation Islamabad Raja Hameed has said that they sought funds worth Rs1 billion to set up chairman offices and appoint secretaries and staff members in fifty union councils of the capital city. He said they have sent a letter to the interior ministry and asked for provision …

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LGs termed harbingers of change in KP

Secretary Local Government Elections and Rural Development (LGE &RDD) Jamaluddin Shah has said formation of local bodies’ institutions was aimed at empowering masses. Speaking at the workshop organised by Department For International Department-funded Sub-National Governance (SNG) Programme here, he said the LGE & RDD in the third phase of the …

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Capital’s governance

WELL-DESIGNED local government (LG) systems help achieve both the techno-managerial goals of efficiency and effectiveness in local service delivery and the more critical political economy goals of equity and egalitarianism in society by restructuring the state in favour of weaker classes. The Islamabad LG system 2015 represents an important step …

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The politics of Fata-KPK merger

In its report published in August 2016, the Fata Reforms Committee (FRC) recommended that the tribal regions be integrated into the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) over a transition period of five years. This time is to be used to prepare the tribal regions for integration and to accomplish what …

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Revamping our administration

Time and again, sincere efforts for reviving local administrative structures in Pakistan have been taken hostage by misplaced and preconceived notions. Embarking on institutional reforms before removing such ideas has frustrated past efforts for administrative reforms — this includes Bhutto’s civil service reforms and Musharraf’s devolution experiment. It is, therefore, …

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KMC council passes resolutions on revised budget, LG powers, others

City council sailed through 10 resolutions without proper debate on Tuesday taking advantage of the opposition’s walkout. The resolutions included revised budget estimates for the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), demand for local government powers under Article 140-A of the Constitution and threats being received by Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar. Muttahida …

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Two steps back

THE newly promulgated Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance 2016 (PCAO 2016) has fundamentally altered the administrative structure in districts of Punjab in many ways. It has reintroduced the office of the deputy commissioner (DC) along with the offices of commissioners and assistant commissioners in divisions and sub-divisions respectively. It has also …

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Capital admin, MCI at loggerheads over weekly bazaars

The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration and the Metropolitan Corporation (MCI) are at loggerheads over the control of weekly bazaars as the latter has refused to hand them over to the local administration. Last month, the ICT administration through an official letter requested the CDA to hand over the administrative …

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Demand for amendment to LG Act criticised

The deputy mayors of Islamabad have said the demand to introduce amendment in Local Government Act is ridiculous because it can only be done by the National Assembly and Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) has nothing to do with it. Deputy Mayor Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi said when the councillors and …

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33 wings of CDA, four wings of ICT transferred to IMC

As many as 33 wings of Capital Development Authority (CDA) and four wings of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) have been transferred to Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation (IMC) under section 130 of Islamabad Local Government Act 2015. According to the official notification issued by the Interior Ministry, the wings of CDA that …

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