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February 24, 2015

MPAs complain to CM about bureaucracy


February 24, 2015

THE public representatives have lodged a complaint with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif that the local bureaucracy is keeping them in the dark about the development projects initiated by the provincial government, The News has learnt.
They informed the chief minister that the monthly meetings of Divisional and District Coordination Committees (DCC) were not being held due to which they were unaware about the ongoing as well as future development projects.
Taking serious notice of the MPAs complaint the chief minister directed that the DCC’s meetings should be held regularly on monthly basis so that the public representatives could be informed about the latest special development initiatives taken by the provincial government.
In this regard, Implementation & Coordination (I&C) Wing of the S&GAD has issued a notification directing all the administrative secretaries, Divisional Commissioners and DCOs to hold regular monthly meetings of DCCs to ensure liaison with the elected representatives. The notification said, ‘It has been observed that the monthly meetings of DCCs are not being held and details of new/ongoing development initiatives are not being shared with the public representatives on regular basis’.
All the administrative secretaries have been directed to instruct their field offices, share details of new development initiatives and special development packages with the elected public representatives through the forum of DCCs prior to the executions of the projects. Similarly, all Divisional Commissioners and DCOs have also been directed to inform the local elected public representatives about the development projects. Moreover, the Divisional Commissioners and DCOs should ensure monthly basis regular meetings of the DCCs and the minutes of these meetings be sent to I&C Wing of the S&GAD by 10th of every month.
It may be recalled that the DCCs were constituted in August 2013 by former Chief Secretary Punjab Javed Aslam to

monitor development programmes in the district and to finalise contour of district development projects. The DCCs were also supposed to review complaints against provincial departments and officers posted in the district, including Police Department.
As per August 7, 2013 notification, minister, MNA or MPA would chair the DCC, while DCO, DPO, Mayor of Corporation and Chairman of District Council or Urban Council would be its members, while any EDO would be invited as ex-officio member.

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