LAHORE - Punjab Minister for Local Government and Community Development Sardar Dost Mohammad Khosa has said the office of divisional commissioner has been created to improve coordination between the provincial and district governments. He was addressing the TMOs conference and talking to the newsmen here at Jinnah Hall on Wednesday. Dost Mohammad Khosa said the provincial government had adopted legal course of action in the creation of commissioner office at the divisional level. "A DCO is a representative of the district government. The provincial government will coordinate with the district governments in a better way through its representative, a divisional commissioner", Khosa said. He said gross violation of rules and embezzlement had been traced in the local governments during special audit. He said the Punjab government would forward cases of embezzlement of funds and violation of rules in the local governments to the Local Government Commission for further proceedings. He said serious action would be taken against the responsible officials after giving opportunity to defend their positions. He said the previous government used local governments for its own motive. He said the Punjab government had forwarded its recommendations to the federal government for making local governments more vibrant and efficient institutions for providing relief to the common man. He urged the TMOs to give attention to their professional responsibilities and avoid indulging in politics. He said no transfer/posting would be made in future and the TMOs should avoid using political influence to get posting of their likings. He said the Punjab government would not compromise on performance and stringent action would be taken against negligent officials. He directed the TMOs to give special attention toward improving sanitation conditions and removal of encroachments in their respective jurisdictions. He said he and the concerned officials would start surprise inspections of different areas in the province from the coming week to check the performance of local governments. He said that stringent action would be taken against the negligent officers of the local governments. Secretary Local Government Sohail Amer, Member LG Commission Ijaz Maharvi, Anwaar Tur, Sajid Siddique and Saleem Nasir also addressed the conference.