Revenue admin under provincial control from today
By Intikhab Hanif
LAHORE: The revenue administration is being placed under the control of the provincial government and withdrawn from the district governments after 10 years from Wednesday (today).
This has been done after the Provincial Finance Department issued a notification in the light of the recent amendments to the Local Government Ordinance of 2001 and revenue laws, abolishing revenue and other posts in the districts governments and creating new ones for the revenue administration that would operate under the provincial government (Board of Revenue) through divisional commissioners.
The revenue administration was devolved to the district governments by the Musharraf regime in 2001 and its return to the provincial government is being taken as a first step towards winding up the local government system introduced by the military ruler.
Sources said the notification by the Finance Department was issued on Monday but it would be effective from Wednesday (today). The posting of officials for the new revenue system, and abolition of the posts in the existing district governments will also be notified on Wednesday.
“There is not any major administrative reshuffle as majority field officers already handling the revenue are being adjusted in the new system,” a senior official said.
Those working as executive district officers-revenue (EDOs-R) are being posted as additional commissioners, or adjusted somewhere else, he said.
The Finance Department has notified abolition of 427 posts of EDOs, district officers revenue and deputy district officers, and creation of 334 posts of additional commissioners, additional collectors, assistant commissioners, collectors and registrars has also been issued.
The abolished posts of EDOs include 36 each EDOs of revenue, literacy, law and information technology.
The posts of district coordination officers (DCOs) in Lahore, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi, Multan and Gujranwala have been downgraded from BPS-21 to BPS-20.
As many as 36 posts of DORs, 135 posts of deputy district officer (DDO) revenue (one at each sub-division), 36 posts of DDO-general, and 10 posts of DDO-colonies (one each in Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh, Bahawalpur, Sargodha, Jhang, Pakpattan, Bhakkar, Khushab and Chiniot), have also been abolished.The other abolished posts include 14 DDO-consolidation (one each in Lahore, Kasur, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Attock, Sargodha, Mianwali, Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Multan, Sahiwal and Jhang), and 52 posts of DDO-registration (six in Lahore, one in Kasur, two in Sheikhupura and Ferozwala, one each in Nankana Sahib, Hafizabad, Narowal, Mandi Bahauddin, Gujrat, Chakwal, Attock, Jhelum, Sargodha, Khushab, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Jhang, Chiniot, Toba Tek Singh, Lodhran, Vehari, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Pakpattan, Okara, DG Khan, Rajanpur, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan, two each in Sialkot and Bahawalpur, three each in Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad).
For the new system, the powers of EDO-revenue have been transferred to divisional commissioners. And all but those of Sahiwal, Sargodha and Dera Ghazi Khan have been given two additional commissioners (revenue and consolidation). The commissioners of Sahiwal, Sargodha and Dera Ghazi Khan have been given additional commissioners of revenue.
The existing posts of additional commissioners in the offices of all commissioners have been renamed as additional commissioners coordination.
All DCOs have been declared as collectors of districts. The abolished posts of DORs have been renamed as additional collectors of the district. And all those working as DORs are being posted as additional collectors of the districts.
As many as 135 posts of assistant commissioners (one in each sub-division) have been created, and almost all DDORs are being posted against the new posts. They will wield the powers of collector of the sub-division.
DCOs (collectors) have been given one each general assistant revenue. Ten posts of colony assistants in the office of the collector of the district, 14 posts of collector of consolidation and 52 posts of sub-registrar have also been created.