In The Name of ALLAH The Almighty
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IN CHITRAL
The local government system has always contributed to the
development and solution of problems on grass root level and the
one put in place in the year 2001 was unique in its essence and was
really designed to devolve the power to the man in the lowest rung
of the social ladder. Chitral being one of the backward areas of
the country, has always consigned to oblivion by the successive
government in the past and its destiny solely depended on the
leadership it to it voted.
Due to the faulty system in the past, the elected representatives
deviated from their defined mandate and in the corridors of power,
they too forgot their electorates. The chain of leadership as
enunciated in the Local Government Ordinance of 2001, was
distinctive in the sense that it made the elected tiers of
leadership accountable to the people in every moment which proved
to an effective tool of control over them.
The year 2001 saw the team of 480 number of councilors in union
council, tehsil council and district council level headed by
nazimeen while the district had been divided into twenty four union
councils and two tehsils. The three-tier houses (union, tehsil and
district) came forward with a panacea for the people of the distant
and remote valleys which had hitherto been neglected leaving the
people bereaved of all the facilities of daily life.
A councilor from the Yarkhoon valley or Golen or Oveer or Arsoon
was empowered in the house to exercise his or her authority as
vested in him under the ordinance. Area-wise, Chitral is the
largest district of the province and is divided into thirty six
segregated valleys and most of them were road infrastructure. Most
of the valleys were opened to the outer world with the construction
of road and an age of progress and prosperity dawned on them.
The journey of progress continued for about eight years during the
two successive terms of local government in Chitral. The people
really experienced the positive difference and they came to realize
that their future was connected to the strengthening of the system.
During the period, the one wonderful task as accomplished by the
exponents of the local government was the perfect natural resource
management. Chitral is affluent of natural resources of every type
and the thing it lacked was the absence of any orientation
apparatus and provision of basic and essential resources. The
district government and the two municipal administrations were
prompt and earnest in their actions to rise to the occasion and had
formulated comprehensive strategies to realize the objective with
the ultimate objective of poverty alleviation.
The devolved departments of agriculture, education, works and
services and helath had been rendered more efficient by the
district government in Chitral. The sectors of education and health
were more prompt in their activities than ever before and the
distant valleys of Chitral saw a flurry of activities during the
period while supervision system was reinforced by the local union
nazim aided by the councilors.
The villagers fulfilled their small and collective needs of
development by making use of the citizens community boards as well
which had been provided in the new local government ordinance. They
were no more hindered by the shortage of funds for their
development while the nazims of all the three tiers rushed to their
help as and when they needed their help to cross any hindrance.
The rich culture of Chitral also flourished during this period
while the progress of eco-tourism was at its peak which provided
employment opportunities in the tourism industry. A record number
of tourists, both local and foreign, were attracted to Chitral
solely due to the measures taken by the district government.
The district government had, in short, left no section of life
unattended which proved to a catalyst in the progress and
prosperity. The people of Chitral are looking forward towards the
elections of the local government and elect their representatives
on grass root level who may be easily available to them.