LAHORE - The Punjab government is likely to present draft of Local Government Act (LG Act) 2010 in the Punjab Assembly for its formal approval in February 2010. Deliberations to finalise the draft of LG Act 2010 under 1979 urban rules system taking all stakeholders on board including the PPP, coalition partner in the province are in full swing. Under the proposed LGA 2010, district governments will be replaced by metropolitan corporations and town systems by tehsil councils. Chairmen of metropolitans and mayors of tehsil councils will have authorities less than Nazims and Niab-Nazimeen. Mayors will head the urban centres while chairman district councils will lead the rural LG systems. The Act will allow the restoration of magistracy system, permit the election authority to hold the local body elections, incorporate parliamentarians in committees, make recruitment through public service commission, levy marriage tax, advertisement tax and authorise municipal corporations to collect toll taxes. Metropolitan corporations will have the authority regarding sanitation system, slaughter house, illegal buildings, auction of cattle, supply of potable water, sports, playgrounds, graveyards, tree plantations, issuance of birth and death certificates, health centres, check on adulteration, district development programme, sewerage and drainage system, construction and rehabilitation of schools. The LG Act 2010 details that metropolitan corporations, municipal corporations, tehsil council and town councils will be revived. Chairman district council, vice-chairman district council, mayor and lord mayor will be elected through general house. Chief executive officer will be appointed in each district council. The magistracy system will be responsible to maintain law and order situation, check price-hike and curb illegal activities. On district level, coordination committee will be constituted. It will comprise chairmen of district and municipal councils, chairmen of union councils, lady-councillor, MPA and MNA and officer of the Punjab government. The responsibilities of district coordination officers (DCOs) and commissioners are yet to be outlined under the LG Act 2010. The deliberations to lay down rules to decide the authorities of DCOs and commissioners are in process. There is likelihood that DCOs will assume their charge as administrators in districts. A committee headed by Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa is engaged in giving final touches to recommendations on the local government act. The some recommendations have been presented in the recent meeting attended by Pakistan Muslim League-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Opposition leader in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Raja Zafarul Haq, Senator Ishaq Dar, Pervaiz Rashid, Senior Adviser Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa, Provincial Ministers Rana Sanaullah Khan, Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa and senior officers. It may be recalled that the Local Government Department Punjab is going to hold a seminar to seek public opinion on the draft of LG Act to remove any lacuna and improve its general acceptability on January 7-8 under the directions of PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif. Punjab local government minister Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa said that the proposed draft of the Act would be presented for legislation after getting public opinion. He said that the committee had been preparing draft after closely examining the good and applicable points of PLGO 2001 and Local Government Act 1979. He said that the existing system provided huge powers to nazim, but it lacked check and balance. He said that the proposed draft contained proper check and balance system on elected representatives. He said that the gap between rural and urban councils had also been bridged in the proposed draft.