LAHORE - The Punjab Cabinet on Friday approved the Local Government Act to replace the present Local Government Ordinance 2001, and amendments in the Punjab Power Policy 2006. The meeting also constituted a Cabinet Committee for suggesting amendments in Police Order 2002, and it would submit its report within a fortnight. The meeting gave approval to the Enhancement of Compensation Rates-Amendment in Section 67, Schedule 13th of Motor Vehicle Ordinance 1965. The provincial Cabinet met here with Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in the chair. The meeting also reviewed the law and order situation in the province, and the policy devised for the elimination of terrorism was also considered in detail. Provincial Police Officer Tariq Saleem Dogar apprised the meeting of the law and order situation in the province, performance of police force and implementation of the policy for the elimination of terrorism. Briefing the media, Provincial Minister Local Government and Community Development Department Sardar Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa and Senator Pervez Rashid said that there were a lot of flaws in the General Musharraf-introduced Local Government System including a lack of coordination between provincial government and local governments, which had increased problems of the masses instead of decreasing. Due to efforts and detailed deliberations of the provincial governments and mutual consensus of the provinces, the System given by the dictator is being changed and todays meeting of cabinet has given approval to the Local Government Act, which will be sent to the federal government, he said, adding that the local governments would be dissolved and administrators would be appointed before October 16. Replying to a question, Khosa said funds were spent recklessly in the past and despite tall claims of utilisation of billions of rupees on development activities in Southern Punjab, nothing tangible was done. 37 corruption cases of the district governments have been sent to the Anti-Corruption Establishment, while 70 cases regarding corruption in Tehsil and Town committees will soon be sent to the ACE, he added. The CM ordered formation of a cabinet committee for suggesting amendments in the Police Order and reformation of police system. The cabinet committee will submit its report within two weeks after considering all affairs including posting and transfers as well as purging the department of corruption. Earlier, during the meeting Shahbaz Sharif observed that the maintenance of law and order was the top priority of the government, as peace was a must for development as well as promotion of investment and trade activities. The dictator not only ruined national institutions, but also flouted every norm of merit due to which all institutions are in a shambles. The police stations have become a hotbed of crime and a symbol of terror for the aggrieved, he said, adding that the provision of prompt and inexpensive justice to the people was a collective responsibility and such reforms would have to be introduced under a comprehensive strategy which could not only result in justice to the people without any discrimination but also help in reformation of traditional police culture and ensure respect and justice to the common man at police stations. Commissioners, District Police Officers and District Coordination Officers have been posted on merit with the clear instructions that they should perform their duties in accordance with the law. The administrative machinery has also been directed to keep its doors open for the people and behave with the common man politely, he said. He directed Senior Minister Raja Riaz Ahmad and Dost Muhammad Khan Khosa to talk to the authorities concerned for resolving the problems of the people due to heavy loadshedding in the Southern Punjab. CM Shahbaz further said the government had promoted good governance and adopted merit policy and 34000 educators were being recruited in the province purely on the basis of merit so that such competent and qualified persons could be recruited who could play their role for ensuring a bright future for the young generation. Destiny of the nation will change if merit is upheld and suitable persons are selected in every sector. Corruption is gnawing at the roots of the society and there is a need for demonstrating political will and determination for eradication of this curse and to come up to the expectations of the masses, he said.