Islamabad—“Devolution of power to Local governments is the major step towards good governance and sustainability of democracy”, says MNA Aasiya Nasir. She was speaking to the participants of a one day seminar here in Islamabad, organized by her esteemed self and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) on the topic of “Devolution of Power to Local Governments and Good Governance”.
She also said that without devolution of power, aspect of good governance cannot be achieved. And not only devolution but Empowered devolution is required to strengthen the local government system.
Syed Zeeshan Naqvi, Deputy Mayor Islamabad stated that Islamabad Metropolitan Corporation is ready to take action for the existing issues of Islamabad especially related to water, sanitation, health and education. He appreciated the efforts done by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for conducting Local Government Elections in Islamabad and assured that Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad will fulfill the expectations of its masses.
Mr. Ronny Heine, Resident Representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung acknowledged and appreciated the cooperation and commitment shown by Members of National Assembly by joining the Seminar. He expected that today’s Seminar will not only help in highlighting the existing issues at local level but will also highlight the possibilities to strengthen and empower the local government system. While introducing Konrad Adenauer Stiftung he informed the audience that this German Political Foundation aims to strengthen democracy, rule of law and governance in Pakistan.
Dr. Amna Mehmood, Expert in Political Science and IR, Islamic International University stated that Intra-Party democracy is the first step towards transparency which will ultimately strengthen our national democracy. She highlighted the challenges faced by local government including excessive demands from voters, uneducated masses, lack of political socialization and mobilization, resistance from bureaucracy, issuance of budget and funds as well as a better implementation of the system.
Mr. Faumir Asghar, District Chairman Narowal, expressed that democracy should evolve from the grass roots level. Provincial and National Assemblies cannot address the issues at local level. He was of the view that future of local democracy lies with future of local governments. Dr. Fouzia Hameed, MNA (MQM), also enlightened the audience by expressing her views on Gender Mainstreaming and Significance of Women Participation in Local Governments.