LAHORE - The Lahore High Court has sought comments from Punjab government within 14 days on a petition which called in question the refusal of GoP to implement the budget duly approved by Zila council Nankana Sahib. Justice Hamid Ali Shah has directed advocate general Punjab to submit comments. The Zila Nazim through his counsel Syed Ali Zafar pleaded that under the Local government Ordinance 2001 which had got constitutional protection, the political, administrative and financial authority was devolved upon the elected representatives of the local government. He said it was the zila council alone which had exclusive and independent jurisdiction under the ordinance to approve the budget and to determine which development works/projects are to be carried out for the year. He argued that in this respect neither the provincial government nor the district government has any authority to control budget duly approved by the zila council. He said after the elections of February 18 PML-N formed government in Punjab and it decided as a matter of policy that development works should be taken away from the Zila councils. He alleged that present government did not want to continue with the system of local bodies rather want the power of undertaking development works to be vested in MNAs and MPAs to advance political aspiration of the party. He further contended that GoP and District administration which is also acting under its dictates, have refused to accept and implement the approved annual budget for year 2008-09 and are therefore partners in a conspiracy to destroy local body system which has been painstakingly established over the last seven years. He said as a result of this inaction of government, the citizens are suffering because development works in their areas have virtually come to standstill.   LHC displeased over performance of PPSC The Lahore High Court has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of Punjab Public Service Commission for not deciding matter about petitioner's job despite lapse of 10 years who has been temporarily working in anti-corruption establishment after the abolition of Punjab Highways Authority. Justice Hafiz Traiq Nasim remarked that government had referred the matter of petitioner Yasin Butt and 16 other surplus officers to PPSC and it had to determine fitness of a surplus officer but the department was unable to do so for the last 10 years. The court said it was an alarming situation and mal-administration on the part of department that left the petitioner in air. The court further remarked that conduct of department smacks arbitrariness and slackness that resulted in inhuman attitude with the petitioner and others. The court directed the chief secretary Punjab to send a recommendation regarding petitioner's case to PPSC against any existing vacancy that would decide the matter fairly and justly within two months without being influenced by anyone. Yasin Butt had joined National Highway Authority in 1996 as deputy director (Planning) in BS-17. In 1998 the authority was abolished and the petitioner along with 16 other officers were asked to work in different departments. The petitioner started working as assistant director (technical) in ACE. The petitioner submitted his willingness for permanent absorption in ACE in 2007 but his request was rejected. After that he moved a petition in the LHC.