The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill, 2015

Proposed and moved by: Mr. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan (Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control)

Status: Passed

Summary: The lack of efficiency resulting from abiding by the Local Government System, which was introduced by the Federal Capital Local Government Ordinance, 1979 – 1996, has proved that the way financial resources are distributed among rural and urban areas is unequal, which ultimately overlooks important needs of particular areas. As a result of this unequal distribution, local governance has played out inefficiently, in terms of the services provided under the local governments and the Constitution of Pakistan.

It is vital that the delivery of municipal services in rural and urban areas are targeted and focused by specialized expertise, skills and professionalism so that the local needs of people can be identified accordingly and those very needs can be met in full adherence to the inviolable rights of the people, which are guaranteed under the Constitution.

The Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Bill, 2015, states that, in line with Article 32 of the Constitution and the manifesto of the government, a new local government system is necessary in order to form an accountable local government body which can support political, administrative and financial responsibility at a local level through elected representatives so that the complaints from the general public can be solved.

Article 32 of the Constitution pertains to: Promotion of Local Government Institutions:

The State shall encourage local Government institutions composed of elected representatives of the areas concerned and in such institutions special representation will be given to peasants, workers and women.