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LG uplift policy extended to six more districts

The local government and rural development department has extended the policy on the Community Driven Local Government Development to six more districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa taking the number of the districts covered by the Rs9.92 billion initiative to 12.

This was announced by LGRD secretary Syed Jamaluddin Shah while addressing an orientation conference for government officials on the extension and implementation of CDLD policy here on Monday.

The event was held to announce the CDLD policy’s extension phase, where representatives of the provincial government, district administration, donor agencies, civil society and implementing partners were in attendance, said a statement issued here.

The secretary said the significant impact of the CDLD policy’s implementation in six districts of Malakand division was appreciated by the political leadership, local communities, government functionaries and international donor agencies.

“We are launching the CDLD policy’s implementation in six more districts due to our successful experiences,” he said.

The secretary said the European Union had pledged 34.3 million Euros and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would be contributing Rs5.98 billion in a phased manner until 2020 to sustain the implementation of CDLD policy in 12 districts.

He said the provincial government had already issued a revised notification with rules and procedures for CDLD policy implementation for the purpose.

The secretary said on the directives of the chief minister, six per cent of the total budget would be reserved for livelihood development projects besides major allocations for community infrastructure projects.

He said 15 per cent of the total budget would go to women-specific projects.

“Benefiting from the prevailing decentralised local government system, the government officials and elected representatives have been assigned key roles to integrate the CDLD approach in development planning at the village council level,” he said.

LG department director general Aamir Latif, CDLD policy coordinator Said Rehman and CDLD technical assistance team leader Brian Fawcett highlighted progress on the policy’s pilot phase.

They said during the first phase of the policy (2015-17), a total of 3,973 community projects valuing Rs4.97 billion were being executed in a wide range of prioritised sectors in six targeted districts of Malakand division.

The speakers said the provincial government was implementing the CDLD policy to improve the reach and quality of frontline services in the province and that the policy embodied the government’s vision to enable and empower the people to participate directly in steering their own development.

They said the CDLD policy had empowered the local people to prioritise, implement and monitor their own development initiatives directly and thus, resulting in the improved reach of social service delivery and enhancing trust between the state and communities.

Bureau Report. LG uplift policy extended to six more districts. Dawn, August 29, 2017.

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