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Minister rules out suspension of local govts

KHAIRPUR: Sindh Minister for Local Government Muhammad Hassan said here on Monday that there was no proposal to suspend the local governments.

He said the local governments have legal and constitutional cover and added that a particular party was demanding suspension of the local governments during the next general elections but the government had rejected its demand.

The minister said the devolution plan will be strengthened further to facilitate the common people and opined that Nazims and town Nazims were discharging their responsibilities smoothly.

He said the government is mulling to take action against Nazims, who had committed corruption and misappropriated the provincial and ADP budgets. He said regularisation of Katchi Abadis would be done after a thorough scrutiny. He suggested that Nazims should hold open katcharies at union council level to ascertain problems of the people.

He said flaws in the systems would be removed gradually to safeguard people’s interest. He said main object of the system is to devolve powers to the grassroots level. He directed Taluka, union council and Zila Nazims to improve their efficiency and ensure harmonise working among different cadres of the system.

Our Sukkur correspondent adds: Sindh Minister for Local Government Muhammad Hussain has said the sanitation policy was to support and guide the city district governments and taluka municipal administrations (TMAs) to frame their own sanitation strategies, plans and programmes after consulting stakeholders at the taluka and provincial levels.

He was addressing a workshop to finalise the Sindh Sold Waste and Sanitation Policy at a local hotel on Monday. He said primary objective of the sanitation policy was to improve the quality of life of the people and environment in Sindh and to ensure access to all citizens to a safe and hygienic environment free of solid waste and waste water.

Apart from this the objective was to develop guidelines for the evolution of an effective institutional and financial framework to implement the primary objectives. He said in the 60 years history of Pakistan the sanitation sector was lagging behind and better work needed to be done in this important sector.

The recommendations of seminar would be included in the policy and the federal government had explained guidelines regarding the matter to ensure the community participation by involving citizen community boards (CCBs). The minister announced that 119 Taluka officers (planning) would be recruited on contract basis.
Source: The News
Date:9/11/2007