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PM, cabinet approve draft of new local bodies system in Punjab

PM, cabinet approve draft of new local bodies system in Punjab
April 10, 2019
LAHORE (92 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan and Punjab cabinet on Wednesday approved the draft of new local bodies system. The new municipal system will consist of two categories that include municipal and mohalla councils in urban areas, while tehsil and village councils in rural areas. During the one-day visit of PM Khan in Lahore, the incumbent government revealed the important decisions, however, the briefing of new local bodies system was given during the meeting under chair of the prime minister. The draft of Punjab’s new local bodies system will soon be presented in the provincial assembly and provincial cabinet. In the meeting, the prime minister was informed that under the new local government system, capacity of local governments would be improved and transparency in transfer of funds will be ensured. He was told that a solid procedure would be introduced to counter crimes and cooperation between police and people would be promoted. The prime minister was also informed about the proposed time-frame for Punchaiati and elections of the local government system.
New local bodies elections would be held within a year: Raja Basharat
After the meeting, Punjab Minister for Law, Parliamentary Affairs and Local Government Raja Basharat on Wednesday announced that new local bodies elections would be held within a year. “Village councils will be given Rs40 billion,” Basharat Raja said while talking to media in Lahore. He said representatives of the local government would be made powerful. People would spend money through their decisions in the new system, in which powers would be devolved to lower level, he said. The law minister said metropolitan corporation would be in urban areas. He said the government had resolved to provide relief to the masses. He said hopefully the new system would be introduced before the budget session. Raja said the government wanted to make masses powerful.