PM wants dist coordination bodies for uplift plans execution

The Nation  |  Jun 14, 2021

ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed the Chief Ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhewa to constitute District Coordination Committees (DCCs) for meaningful implementation of District Development Plans after abolition of District Council tier in the Local Government system.

According to informed sources, the Prime Minister has told the two chief ministers to come up with the proposals in this regard without further delay. The sources said that both the provincial governments are busy finalizing their DCCs.

The move comes after legislation carried out by the PTI’s Punjab and KP governments to abolish the District Council tier in the Local Government. Now each district will have Tehsil Councils and Village Councils (VCs).

This has been done in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan to devolve powers to the VCs tier so that they are financially independent to carry out development within their administrative jurisdiction.

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“This is part of the PTI’s manifesto”, a senior PTI leader said, predicting revolutionary changes at the grassroots level in empowering people to take their own decisions.

As per the plan, the sitting parliamentarians including MPAs and MNAs of each district will now propose their development schemes rather than directly getting development funds. “They will now propose their development schemes which will be carried out by the Teshil and Village Councils”, the sources explained.

Each DCC apart from MPA, MNA and Senator will also include Tehsil and VCs chairmen while the Deputy Commissioner will have key role to get the development schemes executed. The Tehsil Councils and Village Councils have the sole mandate to execute the development projects.

The move comes after the PTI’s provincial governments in the two provinces have legislated to do away with District Councils in order to give more financial powers to the Village Councils so that problems are resolved at the grassroots level.

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