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   May 21, 2017



District Council criticizes CDLD for favoritism

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The members of zilla council were in complete accord in criticizing the authorities of European Union funded program named as Community Driven Local Development (CDLD) for favoritism in approving the development projects which had frustrated the people across the district who had pinned hopes on the program since long.

In the monthly session headed by its convener Maulana Abdul Shakoor, almost all the members of the house including the district nazim alleged that the genuine requests for development projects were turned down by the officers of planning and finance department who run the CDLD and they selected the schemes in disregard of the set criterion.

The European Union is providing Euros 64 million to the provincial government for carrying out development projects through community development initiatives in all the six districts of Malakand Division for a period of four years for which applications were invited from the communities every year by the district administration.

The district nazim Maghfirat Shah and the members of the house including Maulana Jamshed Ahmed, Rahmat Ilahi, Ghulam Mustafa advocate, Sher Muhammad, Muhammad Yaqub, Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan, Rahmat Wali, Sher Aziz Baig, Maulana Javed Hussain, Muhammad Hussain and others said that the selection process of the projects was totally an eye-wash.

They alleged that those in the planning and finance department and district administration dealing with the selection process did hoodwink the applicants by feigning that their applications were technically not sound to make a room for the applications of their near and dear ones for acceptance.

They said that guiding the community and their mobilization was also the duty of the CDLD management which they did not fulfill deliberately to reject the applications on the basis of faults in filling the form.
They said that the elected representatives of the local bodies including the members of district and tehsil councils were bypassed and neglected in the process to demean their image and position in the public.

One of the members, Ghulam Mustafa advocate from Kosht, said that seventy five applications including that of women were filed from his constituency of the district council but none of them was selected despite the fact that 15 percent of the total budget was meant for women specific projects in the district.

They said that the program was a ray of hope for the resource starved communities in Chitral who had suffered badly in the year 2015 and lost their infrastructures and agricultural fields to the flood that devastated the whole valley while the earthquake the same year was yet another blow for them.

The situation arising out of the Shahi Masjid incident of blasphemy was also discussed and through a unanimous resolution, judicial inquiry was demanded to probe into the torturing of protesters by the police after the incident.

The district health officer Dr. Noorul Islam briefed the house about the poor state of healthcare system in the district and elaborated in detail the issues.

The district nazim Maghfirat Shah said that the provincial government had disparaged the local bodies by divesting the elected representatives of their powers and authorities as originally given in the local government act passed in 2013.

He said that the recent amendment in the Act had further crippled the district government in which communication and works (C&W) and public health engineering departments had been taken back by the provincial government.

Pointing towards the empty gallery of the officers of the devolved department, the district nazim expressed his wrath and warned that the officers willfully absent from the session of the house will be dealt with stringently in future.



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