LG system improves routine life of masses, says Karachi DCO

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The local government (LG) system makes public participation certain in municipal affairs and their contribution at grassroots level helps in solving their problems and bringing improvement in their daily life, said Karachi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Muhammad Hussain Syed on Wednesday.
Syed was addressing a seminar titled ‘Building support for models of local democracy within a federal system’, which was organised by the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) in cooperation with the Commonwealth Secretariat, British High Commission in Islamabad and the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) at a local hotel.
Addressing the participants, the DCO said that the LG system has empowered the people at the grassroots level with greater emphasis on women empowerment.
The CDGK has taken effective steps to benefit the ordinary citizens through this system for solving their problems, improving their lives, and making them accessible to their social and basic needs, the DCO added.
He said that the seminar aimed at drawing out specific learning from study visits and providing a platform for further discussion and dissemination to the audiences in Pakistan.
Study visits that were conducted in Canada and South Africa explored the role of LGs with a federal system and provided an opportunity to Pakistan’s LG functionaries to benefit and learn from them, he added.
He appreciated the efforts made by the CLGF and the British High Commission that provided opportunities to the functionaries from all four provinces who participated in the seminar to learn the strategies and concepts of the LGs in other parts of the world.
CLGF Secretary General Carl Wright stressed the need of cooperation among all organisations at the federal, provincial and local levels for providing basic facilities to the people.
He said that the Commonwealth desires improvement and progress of LG systems and it is facilitating all member countries in this regard.
Through training not only the existing LG system could be improved, but the capabilities of the LG representatives could also be enhanced, he added.
Wright said that corruption could be removed by adopting the principals of accountability, transparency, and check and balance.
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Director Dr Ishrat Hussain, LG Special Secretary Shazia Rizvi, Commonwealth Secretariat Adviser Munawar Alam, Sindh LG Standing Committee Chairman Munawar Ali Abbasi, and Punjab LG Standing Committee Chairman Tahir Ahmed Siddhu also addressed the seminar.