Will introduce revolutionised local body system

PM Khan convenes key meeting to discuss new municipal system

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OUR CORRESPONDENT

ISLAMABAD

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that the new local government system introduced in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was adopted after thorough research on different governance system implemented in many countries around the world.

PM Imran Khan was addressing a media briefing session here over the new local government system implemented in Punjab and KP. The prime minister said that he believed that new leadership would emerge through the new LG system. He also announced that the government will provide direct funds to every village council for development work.

Direct elections will be held for village council in KP and panchayat (village council) in Punjab under new LG system, he said. The premier said that the older system increased corruption on local level where union council (UC) members usually blackmailed the district nazims (mayors).

The premier detailed that funds of up to Rs40 billion would be allocated for 22,000 village councils of Punjab province.

Under the new system, election will be held into two levels. Citizens can directly elect a tehsil nazim in the new system, highlighted PM Khan. An elected representative is allowed to bring his own cabinet in cities, whereas, in bigger cities, mayor will also be authorised to make his own cabinet.

While shedding light on panchayats in Punjab, PM Khan said, in older system, district nazim was elected indirectly, but now polls will be held on 22,000 panchayats across the province and election will be organised on tehsil level. PM Khan said that all funds will be spent on citizens and every city would collect its revenue by own, adding that Lahore city collected $32 million revenue annually. How can we prosper if the cities fail to collect their own revenue? he questioned.

We are here, after taking lesson from our past experiences with the local government system in KP, he said. If you observe London’s [local government] system, people directly elect their mayor.

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