Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday (May 6) said that the government will introduce a revolutionised version of local body system in cities and towns. The PM said that direct elections for the post of mayor will be held in the cities. There are 22,000 panchaiyats in Punjab, and Rs40billion in funds will be given to them. He further said that direct elections will be held for electing head of panchaiyat.
The prime minister, while responding to a question, said that he does not have a clue from where the discussion about presidential system emerged. “Panchayat [or] village councils will be constituted in the first stage, and these will have access to development funds,” the prime minister explained. “These village councils will empower the locals and also bring forward a new leadership”.
“A district is too big a unit to be administrated effectively. The new model is similar to the one in developed countries like the UK and the US where mayors are directly elected. Elected mayor will bring his own cabinet and technocrats to perform,” he added.
“We had a bad experience, while dealing with union councillors system where money was used for no-confidence motions, blackmailing and development budget was misappropriated to appease the councillors,” he said.
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20 July, 2019