LAHORE The Punjab government is considering to send a reminder to Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer with respect to signing Punjab Local Government Bill, so that administrators could be appointed in place of nazims. The Punjab Assembly passed the bill on February 4, which was then sent to Punjab governor for his assent. The bill envisages dissolution of local councils, setting up of election authority to conduct local elections and appointment of administrators to replace nazims who are still holding office despite expiry of their tenure. Though Punjab Assembly has approved the said changes, yet these cannot take effect unless the bill gets assent of the governor. According to the Constitution, the governor is bound to sign the bill within 30 days of receiving a summary from the Punjab chief minister to that effect, but he may send it back to the CM after expiry of the said period if the bill contains any discrepancy in his view. Punjab Law Minister, Rana Sanaullah told the media outside Punjab Assembly on Thursday that government was thinking of writing a letter to the governor, pointing out to him that he was sitting over the bill for the last couple of weeks without any justification, thus hindering the appointment of administrators and smooth functioning of the district governments. He said district governments had become virtually dysfunctional due to delay in signing of the bill by the governor. Punjab Local Government Minister, Sardar Dost Muhammad Khosa also expressed his concern over delay in signing of local government bill, saying that governor would be held responsible for any delay in holding of local elections. Khosa was of the view that there was no genuine reason to withhold the bill, and that unnecessary delay would not serve any purpose except creating tension. It would lead to confrontation and tension between the coalition partners in Punjab, he observed, adding that governor was also damaging his own party besides creating problems for the PML-N by his non-cooperative attitude. It is to be noted that Punjab governor has still two weeks time to withhold his assent to the bill. According to constitutional experts, Punjab government can send a reminder to the governor in this regard only after expiry of the stipulated period of 30 days. The governor may even cause further delay if he sends back the bill, pointing out some incongruity in any of its provisions, they say. The Punjab government, on the other hand, seems to have lost patience which is evident from the statements of two of its ministers.