Performance of Provincial Govts

AS next general election is drawing nearer, different surveys are also coming forward about popularity of parties and the performance of provincial governments. In one such survey, the people have greatly expressed satisfaction with the performances of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab governments.
Credit definitely goes to the PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that despite being in the power for the first time, it tried to bring improvement in the social sector, something that was neglected in the past. Similarly the people greatly appreciated reforms introduced by the provincial government in police department. Quite recently, we also saw the PTI government launching the much-anticipated metro project in Peshawar to provide better commutation services to its people. Recently conducted by-polls in NA-4 also vindicated that the PTI retains its popularity in the province. If one takes a look at Punjab, there is no denying the fact that the province has witnessed unprecedented progress and development in different sectors over the last eight to nine years under the leadership of its Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. Especially in the last four years, the focus of provincial government has also been to bring improvement in the life of people living in rural areas. While farm-to-market road project stands completed in most of the rural areas, Shahbaz government has also recently envisaged clean drinking water and waste management projects for the villages that definitely will go a long way in improving living standards of the rural population. Over the last two years or so, the PILDAT in its surveys also gave high ratings to Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in terms of their quality of governance. Sindh and Balochistan governments also need to catch up with the two provinces and focus more to address the issues faced by their people so that they do not feel left behind. Equal development in all the provinces is also imperative for a strong federation. After the 18th Amendment, most of the departments stand devolved to the provinces and it is now up to the provincial governments to use their share from National Finance Commission Award judiciously and transparently for wellbeing of the masses. Since elections are due next year, the people will also vote keeping in view the performance of parties in their respective provinces.

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