LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the proposed local government system draught.
The meeting was attended by Ministers Raja Basharat and Mahmoodur Rasheed, as well as the attorney general, secretary of the law and local government ministries, and others.
The attendees were given information on the new local government system and the powers of LG members. In the new system, at least 15 municipal corporations, 133 municipal committees, 35 district councils, and 64 town committees are proposed.
Local governments will be fully empowered, and in each district, the establishment of a district local government authority, to be led by the chairman of the district council, is proposed. The allocation of trading seats will be discussed.
The CM requested that the draught be completed as soon as possible so that devolving powers at the grassroots level empowers the people.
He also met PTI MPs from the provincial capital, provincial ministers, ticket holders, workers, and office-holders from the minority, youth, and women wings. He listened to their concerns and promised them that their problems will be addressed as soon as possible.
Workers and office-bearers, he added, were party assets, and he cautioned that no unfairness with workers would be allowed, and their real problems would be addressed at any costs. In Lahore, the PTI not only challenged a party that had been in power for 30 years, but also shown its political acumen by gaining seats, he added.
The CM said that billions of rupees had been earmarked to address issues in Lahore. During the previous administration’s third year in power, Rs67 billion was allocated to Lahore for various projects, excluding the budget for the Orange Line Metro Train, he added, while the PTI-led government allocated Rs85 billion during its third year in office.
Lahore’s master plan-2050 was being developed in collaboration with stakeholders, and the provincial capital’s cleaning system was also being enhanced, he added.