PM hints for change in 18 amendment

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KARACHI, Jun 17 :Prime Minister Imran Khan has declared that the subjects wrongly developed to the Provinces under 18 amendment would be returned to Federal Government.

Talking to newsmen during his visit to Karachi he said that all the provincial governments would be consulted for changes in some clauses of 18 amendment.

About local government system, Imran Khan said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was the only party which believed in devolution of powers to the local level and its provincial government practically executed the plan in that regard in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2013.

He said the local government system was important for the resolution of people’s problems at local level. Under the new system being announced by the incumbent government, the mayors of cities would be elected directly by the citizens and that would help address the issues being faced by the mega city of Karachi.

As regards the corona virus pandemic, the prime minister said the National Coordination Committee (NCC) was meeting regularly and it was taking decisions about the measures to contain the contagion in consensus with all the provinces.

He said since the day one he was against imposition of strict lockdown in the country to stem the virus as he was worried about the labour class, particularly the daily wagers. The government had double responsibility of taking steps to contain the spread of COVID-19 and at the same time to ensure that the poor segments of society do not face financial challenges.

He said the government had now decided to go hard for the implementation of standard operating procedures (SOPs). The smart lockdown would be imposed in hotspot areas across the country.

He regretted that some elements were doing politics on the corona virus but the Federal Government had not done any kind of discrimination with any province.

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