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Punjab Finance Dept to Remove Lacuna in Local Govt Act Before Next PFC Award

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LAHORE– Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakhat asked the finance department to get explanations on Section 189 and 190 of new local government Act 2019 so that no lacuna left once the provincial government will timely award the next Provincial Finance Commission (PFC).

The minister also instructed the local government department to provide the updated record of local government assets and Information technology should be used in preparing the record so that the government will be able to get aware of available assets and resources of the local government prior awarding the PFC award. 

The minister issued these instructions chairing the maiden meeting of Provisional PFC Award.

The meeting was attended by MPA Sardar Muhammad Awais Dreshak, Abdul Rehman Rana, Secretary Finance Abdullah Sumbhal, Secretary Local Government Ahmed Javeed Qazi, Senior Consultant for Public Finance Management Faisal Rasheed and other members of the commission.

The meeting reviewed distribution of resources under new local government act, required amendments in existing PFC award, and explaining the distribution of grants under the defined laws.

The local government representatives briefed the meeting that under 2017 interim PFC award local government share was 37.5 percent from provincial resources while special development grants was 6.5 percent.

The 2017 interim PFC award was made on formula, based on population, poverty, children out of schools, 15 to 49 years women population and access to safe drinking water. However, with amendments in new local government act of 2019, provisional PFC award need to be amended as well.— PRESS HANDOUT