Punjab Chief Minister says local governments will receive 391 billion rupees under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016.

Punjab government has approved to grant local governments maximum authority and financial independence, which will become functional from Monday.

Chairing a provincial cabinet meeting in Lahore on Friday, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said funds being provided to the local governments during the current fiscal year have been increased by forty four percent as compared to the last year.

He said the local governments will receive three hundred and ninety-one billion rupees under Provincial Finance Commission Award 2016 as compared to two hundred and seventy four billion rupees grant during the last fiscal year.

The cabinet also approved the Civil Administration Ordinance 2016 abolishing district coordination officer posts across the province.

According to the ordinance, all DCOs will now act as deputy commissioners with powers to hold court sessions into criminal cases.

They will also ensure speedy implementation of development projects, maintaining law and order, and dealing with public service delivery.

Moreover, deputy commissioners will work closely with representatives of local councils to monitor their progress.

Source: Radio Pakistan