The Punjab Local Government Act 2019 would help bringing economic prosperity in the province through efficient self-governance and equal distribution of resources, said speakers at an awareness seminar held at the Government College University Lahore.
Addressing the seminar organized by Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society, GCU, eminent economist Nadeem-ul-Haq said local government was a key to development. However, he said, act was just one factor and practically forming a strong and autonomous local government was still a big challenge for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
Nadeem-ul-Haq said he supported LG’s financial autonomy but added that they should not be allowed borrowing from foreign or national funds. He also suggested the maximum tenure for the local government should be two years only.
Punjab Local Government Additional Secretary Shahid Zaman and Prime Minister’s Local Government Task Force Member Bilal Rao, briefed the students and faculty members about the different features of the Act and also responded to their queries and concerns. They said it was the first time that funding had been ensured in the law to the local governments.
Vice Chancellor GCU Prof Dr Hasssan Amir Shah also addressed the seminar and stressed upon the need to debate on different political and social issues faced by academic institutions.
GCU Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Dr Khalid Manzoor Butt also addressed the seminar.