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LG Amendment Bill 2010: Sindh government recommends to divide Karachi into five districts

KARACHI: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led Sindh Government has recommended the division of Karachi into five districts in the coming Local Government Amendment Bill 2010. However, Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) the coalition partner is yet to be taken on board regarding the amendment bill which is at a final stage.

This was said by Agha Siraj Durrani Provincial Minister for Local Government, while addressing a press conference here at Civic Centre on Thursday. The bill, he said, would be finalised within next few days as PPP has already completed its recommendations and the draft bill has been handed over to the coalition partners for further study of the documents.

It has also been recommended in the bill that Hyderabad should be re-merged into two districts from five, Durrani said. “We are closing the local body system but introducing a new one with required changes,” he said adding that the new system would comparatively be better.

No delay was being made on the part of the government as it was trying to conduct the election within the given duration of four months; he said adding that the competent authority in the provincial government was working almost 10 hours a day to make ensure that the election would be held in time.

“A uniform local body system would be introduced in the four provinces of the country,” he added. In reply to query that why the existing was needed to be changed as it worked positively, the minister said that the system, except Karachi and Hyderabad, was failed in 21 districts of the province. He thanked President Asif Ali Zardari for making the local body system a provincial subject as the system under the federal government was not less efficient.

To another question, he said that there would be no deduction of funds allocated for the ongoing project of the district governments but the government has however, imposed a ban on new scheme or project during the interim period. Talking about his visit to the Civic Centre, Durrani said that all Executive District Officers (EDOs) have been instructed to improve their performance and delivery.

“They would lose the seat if any kind of neglegencies is reported,” he added. He further said “I will come to the centre every week and also make surprise visits to the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) offices to have an eye on the performance of officials. The minister was earlier briefed about the performance and on going projects of CDGK by the administrator and EDOs.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:3/12/2010