Punjab government announces new local government system in the province

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Punjab government announces new local government system in the province

LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar says the government is working to turn Pakistan into the country envisioned by father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Addressing the ground breaking ceremony of a college in Rawalpindi on Friday, he said the new local government system, soon to be introduced in Punjab, will devolve the powers at the grass root level and empower common people. He said 22,000 Panchat Committees will be set up across the province to help people resolve their conflicts and issues at the local level.

The Chief Minister said Rawalpindi will be brought at par with Islamabad in terms of facilities and there will be no difference between the two cities.

He said the incumbent government will give funds in one year to Rawalpindi that would be equivalent to those given by the previous governments in a decade.

Sardar Usman Buzdar said Lai Expressway is being constructed at a cost of 60 billion rupees. He said the Ring Road project costing 50 billion rupees will mature soon. This project will decrease pressure on existing road network of the city and will facilitate the commuters.

Punjab Chief Minister said Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology will be upgraded to provide better health facilities to the people. Besides, Rawalpindi Institute of Urology and Kidney Transplant will be made functional soon. He said Parks and Horticulture Authority Rawalpindi will be provided additional funds to make the city beautiful.