Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khan Khattak has said that the local government system introduced by the PTI government in the Province will have administrative, financial and political autonomy as enshrined in the constitution.
Talking to a delegation of PTI Youth Wing led by its central president Ali Bukhari which called on him at the Pakhtunkhwa House, Khattak said that the legislation enacted for this purposes i.e. the new Local Government Act has been drafted keeping in view the spirit of the Constitution, principles of democracy and the commitment of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf made during the election campaign. Besides others the General Secretary Youth Wing Syed Qasim Ali Shah, Syed Hassan Mujtaba and Raja Naeem were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister pointed out that unlike the much trumpeted devolution program of the Musharraf government, in which the financial resources transferred to the districts were limited to salaries of the district and local government employees, the KP government was transferring the major portion of development budgets to the local bodies from the districts down to tehsil, union council and even village level so that empowerment of the people at the grassroots is ensured.
On the other hand a stringent and concrete provision has been made against floor- crossing so that democracy and democratic principles are strengthened.
The distribution of resources Mr. Khattak pointed out will be made as per the law framed and enacted on the basis of population and thus the local government system will never have to depend upon for the Provincial Government. Thus, its independence and autonomy will be guaranteed.
The law, the Chief Minister pointed out has clearly defined the role, the jurisdictions and responsibilities of the district, tehsil, union council and village besides that of the provincial and local governments. Roughly, he said that the development budgets of the union councils are expected to be increased ten times, with the promulgation of this Law.
With regard to the cleanliness and other civic services in Peshawar, the Chief Minister said that on the one hand cleanliness campaigns have been conducted constantly while on the other hand for its permanent solution an independent and autonomous company has been constituted while the services will also be outsourced to firms of international repute so that optimum utilization of modern machinery is ensured and our own manpower is imparted training on it.
He also disclosed that study for mass transit system of Peshawar is in the final stages and once completed, such a system will be introduced so that traffic congestion is controlled in the provincial metropolis. He also said that the revival of historic old city of Peshawar is in progress and would soon be completed.