Lahore : Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has congratulated Mayors, Deputy Mayors, Chairmen and Vice Chairmen District Councils for administering oath of their offices and said that local bodies are an effective system of resolving the problems of the masses at local level.
He said that local governments will start functioning from January 2nd 2017 in the province and activation of this system will help resolve the problems of the people at lower level and process of development will speedily be forwarded. He said that local governments are being empowered while decision has been taken to give them financial autonomy under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016. Accountability is also necessary along with powers and responsibilities, he added.
Shahbaz Sharif said that 44% increase has been made in the funds of local governments as compared to previous year.
The Chief Minister said that local bodies representatives will have to come up to the confidence reposed by the people in them at all costs and made public service their mission.
He expressed the hope that local bodies representatives will work hard for serving the people and utilize all their energies in this regard. He said that it is demand of the office of heads and representatives of local bodies to sacrifice their comfort for the people and only serve the masses.
He said that Almighty Allah has bestowed those succeeded in local bodies elections with new responsibility and they have to work for it honestly.
Shahbaz Sharif said that local bodies representatives should use all their capabilities for public service. He assured his full support to local bodies representatives and added that they should serve the people with honesty and selflessly.
He said that PML-N government is writing a new chapter of transparency and hard work and added that under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, the journey of selfless service to the people will be continued.