23/01/2018 The News Peshawar LG reps want funds released
PESHAWAR: Elected representatives and nazims of various village and neighbourhood councils of the provincial metropolis have expressed concern over the delay in release of developmental funds for the last seven months. Speaking at a joint press conference at Peshawar Press Club on Monday, nazims and councillors said that the developmental funds for 2017-18 had not been paid for the past seven months without any reason. They said it had badly affected the routine work of cleanliness, water supply, sports activities, plantation, sanitation, and other activities. All Nazimeen Organizing Committee Peshawar president Amanullah Khan said that undue delay in release of the uplift funds had led to suspension of the ongoing plans of clean drinking water and disposal of solid waste, which had caused unrest among the elected representatives and general public as well. “We are unable to face our voters as they always ask us for supplying water, continue the cleanliness work but all these activities are impossible to be carried out in the prevailing situation when the required funds are not available,” he argued. He presented a charter of demands, which included provision of Class-IV employees, Nadra software to all villages, neighbourhood councils and 100 per cent enhancement in honoraria of the nazims. Similarly, he also demanded that they should be allowed to work on the departmental quotations and opposed the 10 per cent cut from nazims’ funds by Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar.