Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has made it clear that every Village and Neighborhood Council (VC/NC) would be granted two million rupees and required amount of non development expenditures every year in addition to their due share in development budget in a bid to more strengthen and empower the lowest tier of forthcoming Local Government (LG) system compared to Tehsil and District councils.
He said that 30% of the provincial ADP will be disbursed to District, Tehsil and VC/NCs at the proportion of 60, 30 and 10 percent respectively after granting two million rupees to each VC/NC.
He directed the district administrations to identify the most sensitive polling stations in consultation with local police, MNAs, MPAs and other political leaders and asked the Local Government Department to approach the Election Commission for avoiding setting up combine polling stations for male and female voters.
He also directed all concerned departments to put the management system, financial arrangements and all the logistics in place well before creation of local bodies and formed a high level committee that would recommend amendments by 3rd June next in Local Government Act (LGA) 2013 to remove various minor ambiguities in the Act.
The Chief Minister issued these orders while presiding over a high level meeting regarding implementation of devolution plan under LGA 2013. Besides others Minister for Local Government, InayatUllah, Minister Education Mohammad Atif Khan, Minister Law Imtiaz Shahid Qureshi, Additional Chief Secretary Dr. Hammad Awais Agha, Secretaries of Finance, Local Government, and Interior and many other concerned departments and officers attended the meeting.
Secretary Local Government Jamil Ahmad presented a detail briefing about implementation of devolution plan while Secretary Finance Syed Badshah Bukhari brief the meeting about pre and post election financial arrangements for devolution plan. Secretary Home Arbab Mohammad Arif on this occasion highlighted security arrangements for LG elections.
The meeting discussed at length a host of issues with regard to arrangements of LG elections as well as functions, management, laws, procedures and other affairs of to be local bodies and took significant decisions about them.
Prominent among these issues were included facilitation to Election Commission in terms of security and logistic support, strategy for transfer of devolution functions by line departments to local bodies, institutional arrangements, fiscal devolution and district ADP guidelines, capacity development of local representatives and government officials and voters awareness etc.
With regard to security arrangements for LG Elections it was told that 11 companies of Pakistan Army, 8100 personnel of frontier corps and frontier constabulary, 2500 police personnel of AJK and 500 of Giligit Baltistan would be deployed at 11117 polling stations while 500 LHVs will be performing as lady police for three days at women polling stations.
Chief Minister Pervez Khattak asked the LG and P&D departments to chalk out plan and frame rules accordingly in respect of education, health and 13 other devolved departments for determining their jurisdiction and role under the LGA to ensure smooth and effective functioning and prevent ambiguities in procedures.
He advised that it must be binding for the district governments to complete all development schemes within two years and commitments for community policing should be fulfilled in letter and spirit under the new LG system.
The Chief Minister ordered the establishment department to fill all vacancies in district departments throughout the province and directed the LG department to construct buildings for new TMAs.
He however directed the finance department to examine the demand expenditures of Rs.2869 million for buildings, mobility resources, rents and support staff for the local bodies and rationalize the demand as per genuine needs.
He also directed to launch a special communication campaign for making common people aware of the novel LG system of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that heavily empowers the people of the province at local level and makes them responsible for uplift of their areas besides educating them about electioneering process.