While expressing his concern over slow progress regarding implementation of the 18th constitutional amendments, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has written a letter to the prime minister, and demanded to convene a meeting of the Council of Common Interest.
On the other hand, the PM has assured the CM that his reservations would be taken up at proper forum.
Shahbaz, in the letter, expressed concern over slow progress regarding devolution of ministries to provinces, besides the hurdles being created by bureaucracy in this respect. “We have serious reservations regarding the slow devolution of the health ministry’s Shaikh Zayed Hospital, and other heads of Environment, Evacuee Trust Property Board, Labour, Human Rights, Food and Pakistan Sports Board,” he mentioned in the letter.
The CM maintained that the ministries being enjoyed by the PML-Q parliamentarians would also be devolved to the provinces; hence they were creating hurdles in the devolution process. He asked the premier to convene meeting of the CCI to resolve the issues.
In response to the letter, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the reservations and concerns expressed by Shahbaz Shair would be taken up at proper forum. The devolution of ministries would be completed by June 30, he said. The PM also convened a special meeting of the federal cabinet today (Tuesday) to discuss the devolution process.
The provinces would be taken into confidence on every issues, he assured the chief minister.
Meanwhile, PML-N Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said the federal government is creating hurdles in the constitutional powers given to provinces under 18th Amendment. “The government has used this act for horse trading,” he added, in a press release issued here on Monday.
He also said the constitutional process was being ruined for saving the ministries of Q-League. Senator Pervaiz Rashid said that transfer of ministries to the provinces is being stopped to jeopardize the 18th Amendment. PPP and Q-League are trying to destroy the constitution of the country, he concluded.