MULTAN - A proposal to set up a South Punjab civil secretariat in Multan is under serious consideration of the government and deliberations are underway on this topic, The Nation has learnt.

Sources said that the government had constituted a 64-member committee led by Senator Rafiq Rajwana to review the proposal and come up with suggestions for granting financial and administrative autonomy to the South Punjab region. The committee convened recently and discussed a number of suggestions made by the members in this regard.

The members of the committee pointed out during the meeting that legislation was imperative to grant financial and administrative powers to the civil secretarial South Punjab. Sources disclosed that the members of the committee proposed to the government that besides appointment of a separate additional secretary for South Punjab, member FBR and member Colonies should also be nominated.

Sources said that the committee was likely to meet by the mid of next week and members of top civil bureaucracy were also likely to join the session.