Peshawar: The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has said that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is the maiden province of the country which has established local government system in the real sense in the country by delegating financial and all other necessary powers to the local government and devolving all departments to the gross root level.
This, he said while talking to Marc-Andre Franche, Country Director UNDP who called on him at CM House in Peshawar on Friday. Besides other, Senior Minister Sikandar Hayat Sherpao, ACS and Secretary local government were present on the occasion.
The Country Director of UNDP expressed sympathy with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the tragic terrorist incident of Bacha Khan University. The UNDP Director said that he was impressed by the local government act passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. “You are the only province which has a real local government law”, he maintained.
Talking to UNDP representatives, the Chief Minister said that no province of the country had given both money and power to the local government, while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the only province to delegate power to the local government in the real sense.
He added that there was a separate secretariat to monitor developmental schemes initiated by the local government. He further told the UNDP representative that the present government had stopped political interference in the affairs of the local government and evolved a clear policy in this regard to bring transparency.
The Chief Minister elaborated that Women Development, Health, education, agriculture and other sectors had been made compulsory sectors for the local government to spend on it. “30% of budget has been allocated only for development”, he asserted.
The Chief Minister said that local government had the capacity to spend the allocated amount efficiently. “There will strict monitoring of the schemes to spend the funds and complete the project within the stipulated time”, he explained.
The secretary local government informed the UNDP representative that soon developmental schemes would be launched in selected districts of the province. The UNDP Director showed interest in capacity building of local government representatives. He hoped the success of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in strengthening local government system would success of the whole of the country.