Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Decision on fate of LG system soon: Agha Siraj Durrani

KARACHI: Provincial Minister for Local Bodies Agha Siraj Durrani has said that President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari would take final decision on continuing local bodies system, adding government of Sindh is eager for the improvement of this system.
He said this while talking to parliamentarians and citizens at a forum on “Local Bodies System” held at a local hotel yesterday.
Minister for Local Government Agha Siraj Durrani and Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Shehla Raza attended the moot.
In the meeting, the technocrats apprised on behalf of LG citizens’ perception and preference survey that out of four provinces, two provinces Punjab and Balochistan have totally opposed the present LG system while NWFP is in the favour of present LG system. However, in Sindh there is an equilibrium state, about half and half in agreement and opposition, pertaining to this issue.
The technocrat surveyors contended that the present LG system is running directly under the Federal Government and the funds are released by Federal Government that weakens the power of Provincial Government. In addition, the survey claimed that most of the funds have been spent on construction of roads rather than to provide health and education facilities to the citizens.
The survey expressed an opinion that the Nazim should be elected by people, not by union councillors, and political parties should be kept away in LG election. Besides the survey advised that there should be three elected positions, Head of Local Government, Deputy Head of Local Government and Speaker of elected council, instead of two (Nazim and Naib Nazim). Most of the participants opposed the present LG system and said that they preferred the Magistracy system of 1979 as the present LG system which was introduced by former President General Pervez Musharraf in 2001 has failed to deliver while some of the participants viewed that present LG system should run with some amendments. (NC Report)

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