KARACHI - Expressing his concern over ‘bad governance’ and failure of legislators at federal, provincial and local level, Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal has stressed the need for strengthening basic democracy through an effective and empowered local government system in the country.

He was speaking to delegation of youth at the Pakistan House Karachi. PSP other leaders were also present on the occasion.

Kamal said: “It is unfortunate that, country has been ruled directly or indirectly by the elite class who were not interested in the true spirit of democracy, development of leadership at the grass root level and empowering locals through an elected local government system to resolve their basic civic issues at every union council, town, district, division and city level.

He said that today without an effective third tier of the government party is struggling to provide citizen basic rights and needs such as clean drinking water, sewerage system, education, health, public parks, infrastructure, amenities, garbage collection, sanitation, clean environment etc.

Terming the current local government system powerless he said that elected LG with no room administratively, financially or politically were being forced to provide service at every doorstep. This result the failure and concept of local government and democracy. He said that devolution and decentralization has become essential seeing the worst deteriorating situation of our cities and towns.

Syed Mustafa Kamal demanded that without further delay constitutional and legal amendments should be made to ensure every province announces PFC (Provincial Finance Commission) Award; devolution of expenditure and revenue from the Federal Reserve and NFC Award to local governments from medium to short term for achieving substantial improvement in the provision of basic services.

He further said that improving administrative capacity and public finance systems in local administrations; transferring basic service delivery functions and the needed financial and administrative resources from provincial to local governments is extremely essential for delivering the socio-economic benefit of decentralization at the doorstep of every citizen.

Kamal said Article 140A needs to be implemented in its true spirit and the changes proposed are possible within the existing legal framework. He told the delegation that PSP has a completed decentralized democracy master plan that is essential for good governance through rule of law, public service, transparency and accountability.