The newly-elected local bodies representatives have demanded the immediate establishment of district governments, funds and its empowerment to enable them resolve public problems.

According to the report of a survey conducted by this correspondent, the elected LB representatives were of the view that five months have elapsed but the district governments could not be established. The inordinate delay and uncertainty have caused anxiety and disappointment among the elected representatives and their voters.

“The public enthusiastically took part in the LB elections; they were hopeful about a power form at grass-roots level that will help in resolution of their problems and provide them with basic facilities at their doorstep. But so far, their hopes and expectations seem far to be materialised,” the LB representatives regretted.

During talks various councillors and UCs chairmen pointed out that last phase of the local bodies’ elections had been conducted on December 5, 2015. Since then, five months have elapsed but the elected members could got charge of their offices, neither they could be delegated the requisite powers and funds, they explained.

UC Jaman Shah chairman Ahmad Hassan, UC Sohnra Wasawa chairman Abdul Majeed, UC Ladhana chairman Sana Ullah Gujjar, the Municipal Committee Councillors - Sajid Mehmood, Azeemul Haq, Ghulam Abbas, Syed Gulzar Shah and others demanded that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should take steps for the immediate establishment of district government. They also demanded that the funds and power should be given to the elected local bodies’ representatives so that they can serve the public and deliver on their mandate.