ISLAMABAD: Balochistan is taking lead among all provinces by revolutionizing its local body system as the Local Government (LG) bodies would complete its tenure in January next year.
An official of the provincial government told APP here Tuesday that the reforms draft for introducing new local bodies system would be prepared with the consensus of all stakeholders.
He said a strong and empowered local government would contribute to expand space of development projects all over the province.
He said the government would be providing the basic framework which was pre-requisite for the success of local governments.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah, Mayor of Quetta city, to a query by this scribe stressed that the mayor and chairman should be elected through direct election to make the exercise transparent, adding the direct election for mayor and chairman were the best options to secure the interest of the people of Balochistan.
He said in the metropolitan city seats should be reserved for the technocrats whereas in the new draft of local body, special seats would be reserved for farmers.
He said the local government was facing financial issues like shortage of funds.
In the new reforms, the development funds should be allocated with the ratio of 40 per cent to the local bodies while every district should have its fixed share in the development funds.
He said the local body with out autonomy was the failure of the system.
He said that the powerful Local Government setup should be established by the incumbent government.
He demanded authority for the local body under Article 140-A of the Constitution of Pakistan and said that if the system was not provided with sufficient administrative and financial powers, the body would fail to provide any relief to the people.
He said the delimitation on union council levels should be revised on the basis of population in Balochistan and in accordance with the latest census of 2017.
The provincial government carried changes in the local government system to make it workable.
Local government act of Balochistan should be amended and all the local governments in the province should be empowered.—APP