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Two cantt boards' members to present demands to minister.

Byline: Aamir Yasin

RAWALPINDI -- The ruling members of the two cantonment boards will present a list of demands to Defence Minister Khurram Dastagir at a meeting today (Wednesday).

Three main demands, including allocation of land for graveyard, overcoming water shortage and funds for the development top the list.

In Rawalpindi and Chacklala cantonment boards, there are 23 members of the PML-N and they wanted to change the cantonment acts so their authority could be increased and they could solve the problems of the residents without the help of the bureaucracy.

'At present, the elected members are toothless and cannot do anything without the approval of the bureaucracy and there is a need to change the cantonment act so that the public representatives can be empowered,' said an elected member requesting not to be named while talking to .

He said at present the traders and the residents were facing problem to get their building plans approved which delayed the start of construction work.

'The Punjab government launched many development works in the city areas but it ignored the cantonment areas and hopefully the minister will raise the issue with the federal government,' he said.

He said only five wards in Chacklala Cantonment Board (CCB) could get some funding for development that, too, was provided by former MNA Hanif Abbasi as these wards fell in his constituency of NA-56.

When contacted, the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) elected member Hafiz Hussain Ahmed of PML-N said the elected members would inform the minister about the problems of the civilian population.

He said water shortage and lack of space for graveyards were main issues the RCB faced. He said that RCB planned graveyard but it could not complete without the help of the ministry.

When contacted, CCB Vice President Raja IRfan Imtiaz said the elected members invited the defence minister to apprise him of the problems being faced by local residents and the elected members of the cantonment boards.

He said the Punjab government had allocated space for graveyard at Rakh Dhamial and the cantonment boards should be given its share so the issue could be solved for next 20 years at least.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 28, 2018
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