By K A Mian
LAHORE: As many as 3,454 Union Councils (UCs) of Punjab would be completely dissolved from May 1, 2020, under the Punjab Local Government (PLC) Act, 2013 and continued under section 316 (2) of PLC Act, 2019, said the notification issued on Wednesday by the Punjab Local Government and Community Development (LG&CD) Department.
A copy of the notification which is available with Daily The Business, all 3,454 defunct union councils of Punjab which had been constituted under the Punjab Local Government Act 2013, and continued under section 316 (2) of the Punjab Local Government Act, 2019 would discontinue providing public service with effect from 1st May 2020.
The public service provided by the defunct Union Councils till Thursday (today) would be considered valid subject to due audit and administrative scrutiny under law, rules and government policy, said the notification.
It further stated that the all defunct union councils would be succeeded by such local government as already notified by the LG&CD vide “Chart of succeeding local government constituted under the PLGA, 2019”.
While talking to media representatives, the secretary LG&CD Punjab Dr Ahmad Javed Qazi said that all Deputy Commissioners, being the Head of District Transition Teams of their respective districts have been directed by the LG&CD Department Secretary vide a notification that the defunct union councils shall be succeeded by the local government by May 1, 2020.
He said that the offices of defunct UCs would be ceased to exist and office premises on rent would be vacated from May 1, 2020. The LG&CD Secretary said that all offices government-owned buildings would be re-labelled as field offices of the (succeeding) local government.
Dr Qazi also stated that the tasks of defunct UCs would also be taken over by succeeding local governments. All staff member (officers, officials- regular or contractual) working in the defunct union councils would report for further duty to the deputy director of LG&CD of their respective district on May 1, 2020.
To responding a question, he explained that the succeeding local government of defunct union council would perform the function of registration of births, deaths, marriages and divorce as per practice through the staff of local governments. He further explained the administrator of succeeding local government would be kept constantly informed about the quality of service delivery.
Dr Qazi also directed the officers concerned to consult duly notified chart of succeeding local government constituted under the Punjab Local Government Act, 2019 for details as copies of such notifications and charts were already available in the offices of all Deputy Commissioners.
“We were striving hard to digitalise and automate our function and hence citizens would soon be able to get the report online for birth and death registration in the province”, said the secretary LG&CD.