KP Govt hands over dev af­fairs to public rep­re­sen­ta­tives

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

PESHAWAR —Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Muzaf­far Said ad­vo­cate has said that af­ter lo­cal bod­ies’ polls the provin­cial gov­ern­ment handed over mu­nic­i­pal and ur­ban devel­op­ment af­fairs to elected public rep­re­sen­ta­tives. He was talk­ing to a del­e­ga­tion of lo­cal gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Chi­tral, which called on here in Civil Sec­re­tariat. Former MNA Maulana Ab­dul Ak­bar Chi­trali led the del­e­ga­tion.

The del­e­ga­tion be­sides in­form­ing the fi­nance min­is­ter re­gard­ing fi­nan­cial re­quire­ments of Tehsil Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TMA) Chi­tral also dis­cussed devel­op­ment schemes and matters re­lat­ing to public wel­fare with him in de­tail.

The provin­cial min­is­ter said that af­ter get­ting pow­ers and re­sources, the elected lo­cal bod­ies’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives will have to prove their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and win the hearts of the peo­ple through show­ing good per­for­mance.

He said that Fi­nance De­part­ment is mak­ing process of the re­lease of funds to lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions fast and trans­par­ent, say­ing that af­ter bud­get ses­sion of the provin­cial as­sem­bly, he along with Ac­coun­tant General is start­ing vis­its to ac­counts and au­dit of­fices across the province in­clud­ing Chi­tral. Dur­ing the vis­its, the pro- vin­cial fi­nance min­is­ter said be­sides re­view­ing matters of funds re­lease and other af­fairs, will also col­lect in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing com­plaints and prob­lems of ac­counts of­fices.

The provin­cial fi­nance min­is­ter said that they wanted the in­tro­duc­tion of trans­par­ent and ju­di­cious au­to­mo­tive mech­a­nism for the uti­liza­tion of devel­op­ment and non-devel­op­ment funds in which the co­op­er­a­tion of all stake-hold­ers is must.

In re­sponse to the prob­lems and de­mands high­lighted by the del­e­ga­tion, the provin­cial min­is­ter as­sured that sec­ond in­stall­ment of Rs 57.2 mil­lion for the devel­op­ment schemes of TMA Chi­tral will be re­leased dur­ing the cur­rent month. In this con­nec­tion, he had had al­ready is­sued di­rec­tives.

Sim­i­larly, he also agreed with the trans­fer of 44 em­ploy­ees of Dis­trict Coun­cil to TMA and given it for­mal ap­proval. How­ever, he said that in­stead of an­nounc­ing spe­cial grant for the TMA, as­sured the al­lo­ca­tion of suit­able funds for it.

The min­is­ter clar­i­fied that in fu­ture in­stead of de­pend­ing on gov­ern­men­tal grants, lo­cal gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions will have to uti­lize their lo­cal re­sources and in­ter­nal fi­nan­cial means for mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices and their devel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, which is the new pol­icy of the gov­ern­ment.—APP

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