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 shall be elected by the local governments in the district, other than the union councils, from amongst their respective members in the prescribed manner. The government will appoint technocrats as authority’s members as well as appoint chairman and vice chairman, who will serve at the pleasure of the government.
The chairman and the chief executive officer of the authority shall be personally responsible to ensure that the business of the authority is conducted proficiently, in accordance with law and to promote the objectives of the authority.
Officials entrusted with tasks under new LG paradigm
Meanwhile in a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Punjab government has abolished the offices of the 36 district coordination officers and appointed the officials as deputy commissioner against newly created posts under the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA) 2013 and Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance (PCAO) 2016. Now the Punjab Local Government Ordinance 2001 stands repealed.
The government has also re-appointed divisional commissioners as commissioners in their respective divisions, against newly created posts under the PCAO 2016.
The government has directed the commissioners and deputy commissioners to join their respective place of posting immediately.
Similarly, all additional commissioners (consolidation, coordination, revenue and general) have been reappointed as additional commissioners in their respective divisions, against newly created posts under the Ordinance.
The government also transferred all 36 additional collectors in respective districts and posted them as additional deputy commissioners (revenue) against newly created posts in their respective districts. The ADCs have also been asked to join their new postings immediately.
It transferred 12 executive district officers (community development) and six EDOs (finance and planning) and directed them to report to their respective parent departments.
The government also transferred 55 EDOs (finance and planning), district officers (budget and finance), additional district collectors, assistant commissioners and posted them as additional deputy commissioners.
The government also transferred nine EDOs and directed them to report to the S&GAD, while four EDOs have been entrusted with the additional charge of the posts of additional deputy commissioners.
As many as 14 additional DCs (revenue) have been given additional charge of additional DCs (finance and planning) in their respective districts.
The LG&CD department has repatriated 37 district officers (community organisation) due to enforcement of PLGA 2013 and adjusted them against the vacant BS-17 posts of ADLG project managers. The ADLGs will look after the work of union councils in place of DOs (community organisation), whose posts have been abolished.
Citation: Malik,Mansoor. DCs to administer education, health authorities. Dawn, January 2,2017.