Rawalpindi stripped of metropolis status


RAWALPIDI:

The Rawalpindi Metropolitan Corporation (RMC) was downgraded to municipal corporation status after the Punjab government reinstated the Local Government Act 2019.

Similarly, Rawalpindi District Council was restored

Under the restored LG system, the number of local bodies in Rawalpindi district was reduced to eight, with two municipal corporations, five municipal committees and one district council.

The tehsil and town system was also abolished once again. All rural areas of Rawalpindi would now come under the district council, while urban areas of tehsils would come under municipal committees. The Rawalpindi District Council will have a total of 120 union councils, making Rawalpindi the largest district council in Punjab in terms of union councils.

Murree, Kotli Sattian, Kahuta, Kallar Syedan, Gujjar Khan and Taxila were appointed as municipal committees. Murree was also given municipal corporation status.

The five municipal committees, two municipal corporations and the district council have been instructed by the Ministry of Local Government to individually propose their budgets for the next fiscal year 2022-23.

Rawalpindi Municipal Corporation will have 46 union councils, Gujjar Khan Municipal Committee will have 25, Kallar Syedan ​​Municipal Committee will have 10, and Kahuta and Kotli Sattian Municipal Committees will have 15 and 10 union councils respectively.

The employees and assets of the seven former tehsil councils in the district will be transferred to the district council after the restoration of the old LG system.

Vehicles, machinery and budgets of Tehsil councils were also ordered to be transferred to the district council. The government bank accounts of seven former tehsil councils have also been frozen and they will no longer be allowed to withdraw money from these accounts. All of these accounts will be moved to District Council accounts.

Trustees of the eight newly restored local bodies took over the office on Monday. Deputy commissioners were appointed administrators of the municipal committees. The deputy commissioner will be the administrator of the district council, while the commissioner will be the administrator of the municipal corporation.

The bureaucracy will now prepare the budget for these eight local organizations for the next fiscal year. All restored municipal bodies will face a deficit in their new budget.

Published in L’Express Tribune, June 14e2022.

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