Effective implementation of Punjab Local Government Act 2019 Consultations

February 28, 2021

Consultation Report

Dr. Raja M. Ali Saleem, Zainab Altaf

The project ‘Consultation and Research on Local Governance in Punjab’ is a collaboration between the Centre for Public Policy & Governance (CPPG), Forman Christian College University (FCCU) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Support to Local Governance (LoGo) programme to generate a dialogue on the recent (still unimplemented) Punjab Local Government Act 2019 and gather recommendations for strengthening the local government system in Punjab.

Three rounds of consultations were conducted at the CPPG with various stakeholders of the local governments of Punjab to gather constructive insights from the implementation of the Punjab Local Government Act (PLGA) 2013, identify issues for reform, and recommend changes for the implementation of the PLGA 2019. The consultative meetings, which took place between July and October 2019, brought together representatives of the Local Government & Community Development Department, the former elected representatives of local governments from various districts of Punjab and the civil society organizations (CSOs), the academia, university students as well as the media.

The objective of the consultations was to initiate a robust discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of previous local government laws/acts to inform better implementation strategies for the PLGA 2019. Every effort was made to engage various segments of the concerned population to ensure that all stakeholders were provided the opportunity to vocalize their concerns regarding the local government system reform in Punjab.