Minister chairs meeting to review law Draft of new LG Act ready for approval

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The Punjab government has finalized the draft of the new Punjab Local Government Act for approval on Tuesday.

Punjab Local Government Minister Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed chaired a meeting held to discuss the draft of the new local government law before sending it for a final approval.

Punjab Local Government Secretary Noorul Ameen Mengal briefed the participants and said that the final draft of the Local Government Act 2021 will be forwarded to the provincial cabinet for approval in the next three days.

Provincial minister Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said that the new local government law will ensure devolution of power to the grassroots level. “The new local government law will empower the local councils.”

“An effective local government system will help resolve the people’s problems on their doorstep,” he further said and added that the PTI government is determined to resolve the people’s problems and change their life for better at local level.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government took a major step towards making the local government institutions fully functional by restoring the bank accounts under the Local Government Act 2013 on Tuesday.

The spokesperson for the Punjab government said in a statement that the bank accounts of the LG institutions have been restored under the Local Government Act 2013.

The authorities have issued instructions to the chief officers following the directives of the local government secretary.

The government will transfer funds in the bank accounts of the local government institutions created under the LG Act 2013 through the submission of cross cheques to the accounts created under the LG Act 2019.

The spokesperson added that under the LG Act 2013, no transactions could be made through bank accounts anymore. It emerged that the provincial government will continue payments including salaries, pensions, bills, petrol and other expenditures to the LG institutions.

Meanwhile, a class one student was left with a fractured leg after his teacher beat him with a water pipe in Ghazi Minara village, Sheikhupura.

After the incident on October 27, the nine-year-old boy and his father had to deal with a lame police system until a court intervened.

The student at Laraib Public School was subjected to inhuman punishment for not memorizing his lesson.

After returning from the school, the child complained that his teacher Abnan Ashraf had beaten him with a water pipe.

When his condition deteriorated, the boy was taken to the hospital where doctors revealed that his leg had been fractured, according to the victim’s father Abdul Jabbar.
The father went to the police station but the police did not listen. Eventually, he approached a local court for medical and legal help.

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