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Local Government & Rural Development
The Local Government institutions in ICT Area, therefore, are slightly different from those of other district in Pakistan.
The Panchayat is a grass-root level organization in the rural area. According to Capital Territory Local Government Ordinance, 1979, a Panchayat is constituted for a village or a group of villages, consisting of 5 to 7 members headed by a Sarpanch, or Chairman. The members of a Panchayat are elected from among the local leaders on the basis of consensus, and designated to meet the discussion of the production plans and development schemes in their locality. The Panchayat is to organize the people for the purpose of identification of felt needs, formulation of action plans and development of local resources for self-management of projects. The Panchayat is a development body closely related with both the local population and the administrative affairs of the Union Council.
Union Council
A group of villages (5-23) form a Union Council (UC), the basic administrative unit in the rural area. The members of the UC (Councillors) are elected by ballot on the basis of adult franchise with an average of one Councillor for every 1,000 residents. The Councillors elect one of their members as a Chairman and hold regular meeting at least once a month under his chairmanship. There are 12 Union Councils presently in rural Islamabad with a Secretary in each Union Council.
The Union Council's various functions. Aside from the routine work of general administrative affairs, the UC undertakes, if necessary, the provision, maintenance, improvement and management of public structures such as roads, streets, culverts, bridges, public buildings, gardens and playgrounds, etc., as well as formulation of union development programme, promotion of various cooperative associations, and approving projects to be constructed by the UC, especially with regard to educational and medical facilities, water supply system, sanitation and farm roads.
The Union Council incorporates the development programme various schemes into the draft budget for the subsequent fiscal year and submit it to the Deputy Commissioner/Project Director LG&RD Islamabad. The Deputy Commissioner subsequently refers these schemes to the Rural Area Coordination Committee for coordination among the Union Councils in the area in terms of their planning and implementation. Priority of the schemes is given by R.A.C.C.
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