Thursday, December 9, 2021

Punjab decides to restore its local government councils


LAHORE: A session chaired by Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on Monday granted nod to make the local councils functional in Punjab, ARY News reported.

The meeting decided to remove administrators of the local councils in the province.

Chief Minister Buzdar directed provincial local government department to issue notification for restoration of the local councils in Punjab.

“The government has decided to make the local government councils functional in the province,” Chief Minister Buzdar said. “Every step will be taken in the light of the constitution and the law,” chief minister said.

The session was attended by Local Government Minister Mehmoodur Rasheed, Advocate General Punjab, secretary local government and other concerned officials.

In its March 25 verdict, the Supreme Court had directed the provincial government to restore the local government institutions.

In a recent hearing for implementation of the verdict, the apex court on Friday expressed dismay over non-compliance of its March 25 ruling for restoration of local councils in Punjab, and summoned the incumbent as well as the former chief secretary of the province.

A bench of the court headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed had taken up a contempt petition moved by 15 chairmen of district councils and mayors for not allowing the local government councils in Punjab to resume their function.

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