LAHORE – Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood on Monday said that the Punjab Local Agency System is one of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s top priorities ensuring the transfer of power to people at the grassroots level.
He expressed this view while chairing a meeting at the Main Minister’s House here with Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat where the process of transferring powers and assets under the new Punjab Regional Government Law was considered and consulted.
Punjab Housing Minister Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed, Provincial Finance Minister Hashim Javan Bakht, Punjab Chief Secretary Shaukat Ali, Finance Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, Additional Secretary of Regional Government Muhammad Arshad and other officials attended the meeting. Main Secretary of the Regional Government Tahir Khurshid participated via video link due to the Covid-19 quarantine.
The Federal Minister was briefed on the Punjab Regional Government Law 2019. Shafqat said that the process of transferring power and assets including the election of Regional Bodies must be completed smoothly.
On this occasion, Raja Basharat conveyed that Prime Minister Imran Khan himself attended several meetings during the drafting of the new Punjab Regional Government Law and gave full direction to the Punjab government.
He said, “The new Regional Agency Law is comprehensive in all respects and in line with the aspirations of the community. In the new Local Government System, various sectors including education, health and housing will belong to Local Governments. “
Basharat said that necessary legal amendments were also underway to make the new local government system more useful and people-friendly.
Additional Principal Secretary for Regional Government Tahir Khurshid said that work was ongoing in the process of transferring power and assets.
He said all resources were being used to bring the new Local Body System into line with the vision of the Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Punjab. He further said that in order to adapt the system to modern requirements, information technology training was being provided to employees of local agencies and twelve LG&CD departments were being digitized.