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Punjab govt allocates over Rs11b to LG development.

On direction of the chief minister, the Punjab Provincial Development Working Party (PPDWP), in a special session ahead of the 2018 General Elections, has approved Rs11.831 billion for the Local Government Development Package (LGDP).This multi-billion rupee development package is aimed at executing thousands of small uplift schemes in urban and rural union councils as well as municipal committee wards across Punjab before the upcoming polls. These schemes will be identified by local government representatives who were otherwise struggling for powers even after two years of their elections in Punjab.

The government has already nominated deputy commissioners (DCs) as the executing authority of the LGDP schemes. Punjab Finance Department will transfer these funds to DCs who will release payments once District Development Committees (DDCs) will give the go ahead for execution of any development project. Most local government representatives, mostly from ruling party, have already identified much needed development schemes in their areas.

The government has also set a timeline for completion of all these schemes before the 2018 general elections. Development projects, under the LGDP, will start from next month and be completed by April 30, 2018. Estimates indicate that the government has allocated around Rs2.5 million for each union council and a half-million for each ward. Punjab Chief Minister's Advisor Khawaja Ahmad Hassan highlighted that the LGDP is being initiated to uplift underprivileged areas in the province.

During the first four years, he said, the Punjab government laid its focus on mega development projects like Lahore Orange Line Metro Train, Sahiwal Coal Power Plant, Bhikki Power Plant and other infrastructure projects. "Now, when the PML-N is nearing the end of its term, its government is focusing on social sector projects.

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Publication:Pakistan Engineering Review
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Date:Dec 13, 2017
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