Protest Staged Against Govt for Not Devolving Powers To LG Representatives

Pakistan Local Government Council, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday held a protest demonstration against the provincial government for not devolving powers to locally elected representatives at grassroots level.

The protesting representatives led by Muhammad Tariq Bacha gathered at main Saddar Road outside the Peshawar Press Club to record their protest.

They were carrying placards and banner inscribed with slogans in favor of their demands and against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led provincial government for failing to accomplish its commitments to devolve power at local level.

Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Tariq Bacha said that provincial government was reluctant to devolve powers to LG representatives at village. “We reject the government policy of deducting development fund,” he said.

He demanded to give the powers of writing annual confidential report and transfer and posting to District Nazim.

The Truth Pursuit’s reporter from Mansehra reported that the elected representatives of the local governments on Monday also observed the first anniversary of the local governments as “black day”.

The elected representatives of the local governments took out a march against the regular modifications to the Local Government Act 2013 depriving them of their powers.

The march taking place from the Press Club and culminated at the District Council Hall.

The participants of the rally vocalized slogans against the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led provincial government.

Earlier, the elected representatives of the local government assembled at the Press Club and pronounced anxiety over the strategies of the provincial government. They purported that the rulers were conspiring to fail the system.

District Nazim Mansehra, Sardar Said Ghulam while addressing to rally said that, the district government was yet to receive development funds owing to the wrong policies of KP government.

“The current fiscal year is about to end within the next 30 days and we have not received a penny of our annual development funds that will lapse,” he added.

While on the other hand, the Qualified Primary Teachers Association, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has asked the provincial government to regularize their services and increase the salaries.

Speaking at a news conference on Monday, the association provincial chairman Saleem Javed said that primary teachers had low pay scale.

He urged the government to revise their pay scale and give BPS-15 to the primary teachers (PST).  BPS-16 to B.Ed, BPS-17 to MA/M.Ed, and keep special quota for subject specialists.



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