IDLG agrees with PCs on most oversight issues
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) on Saturday said it had agreed with provincial councils (PCs) on many issues pertaining to their oversight role and a new policy being prepared in this regard would be dispatched to the Presidential Palace tomorrow.
Some days back, the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of parliament approved a law barring PCs from evaluating and monitoring the performance of local government departments. The law allows PCs to give their advices to provincial departments only.
Approving the law, the lower house said the Constitution had not given provincial councils the right to monitor activities of provincial departments, a decision that sparked protests by PC members in various provinces.
IDLG spokesman Tawab Ghorzang told Pajhwok Afghan News the IDLG acting chief, Matin Baig, held a meeting with provincial council members from all the 34 provinces on Saturday.
The new policy giving PCs the right to oversee the performance of provincial government offices was discussed in detail at the meeting, with both the sides agreeing on most of the contents, Ghorzang said.
He said PC members presented their recommendations, which would be incorporated into the policy to be dispatched to the Presidential Palace tomorrow (Sunday).
He said the PC members also assured they would call off their protests at the earliest and reopen their offices.
Taiba Khawari, the PC head from central Bamyan province, confirmed reaching an agreement with the IDLG on the new policy. She said they also agreed to the formation of a legal committee and conferred and agreed on legal terms.
She said the policy revealed on them that they had many powers about which they had not been informed in the past.
The agreement comes days after President Ghani held talks with provincial council members about their oversight role.
The president said he was in favour of a collective oversight role that ensured transparent accountability.
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