Karachi to have DCO and administrator
KARACHI: With the revival of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance (SLGO) 2001 across the province, the Sindh government has decided that the district coordination officers (DCOs) of all the districts, except Karachi, would be given additional charge of administrator of their respective districts.
The government will appoint an administrator – in addition to a DCO – for the Karachi city government.
This decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minster Syed Qaim Ali Shah in which various issues pertaining to the implementation of matters with regard to the LG system 2001 were deliberated upon.
According to official sources, the meeting also decided that taluka municipal administrations (TMAs) were being revived and TMOs for talukas were being notified.
It was also decided that funds would be released on a priority basis for development schemes throughout the province so as to complete ongoing schemes within the stipulated time.
The provincial finance secretary informed the meeting that Account 4 – a separate account for local governments – had been restored and funds would be released according to the requirements.
The Sindh chief secretary told the meeting that posts of commissioners and deputy commissioners had been abolished and a notification to this effect was being issued.
The meeting was attended among others by Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Dr Kaiser Bengali, CS Raja Muhammad Abbas, Finance Secretary Naveed Kamran Baloch, LG Secretary Ali Ahmed Lund, Law Secretary Ghulam Nabi Shah and others.
The CM said that Sindh had reverted to the LG system of 2001 and the same was to be fully followed strictly.
He maintained that there should be no delay in the implementation of the programme for the province particularly the development works should be implemented effectively and timely.
With regard to magisterial powers to curb the menace of hoarding of essential commodities and profiteering, the meeting was informed that a letter had been sent to the federal government through the law department and necessary amendments to the criminal procedure code would be made accordingly.
Meanwhile, the LG department announced that consequent upon the promulgation of the Sindh (Repeal of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 2001 and Revival of the Sindh Local Government Ordinance 1979) Act, 2011 three tiers of local government – ie the city government Karachi/district governments, town/taluka municipal administration and union administrations – had been restored.
The department notified cancellation of its earlier notification of July 9, 2011 in this regard.
It also annulled the provincial transition cell created in the LG department and rescinded the July 9 notification.