DIR UPPER: Mr Ziaur Rehman, the focal person for Right to Public Services Commission, briefed the members of the District Council Assembly Dir Upper on the working of his organization during a recent session of the house.
The focal person, District Monitoring Officer of District Dir Upper, highlighted the Right to Public Services Act-2014 which was passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in 2014 aimed at improving governance, preventing corruption, empowering downtrodden people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and evaluating the services delivery by different government departments. The main point of this act is that the oppressed will be no longer oppressed by the government officials, servants in term of services delivery. The focal person stated.
To measure the performance of the government departments and designated officers, the provincial assembly introduced a time-framed for various services, which is notified through this act-RTS act under section four (4) of chapter two (2).
The focal person emphasized and told the councilors of the District Dir Upper that the common people of this region should be educated about this initiative which is fair in their own interest (of the elected members). Now this is the responsibility of local elected members, being the representatives of the ordinary people that the message about this act should be conveyed to them.
The focal person of the Right to Public Services Commission also urged the District Councilors that the act is extended to the Malakand division with the approval of former Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. If government officials raised questions about the extension of this act and do not admit the act, then it would be considered a lame excuse and a way of getting rid from the responsibility.
District Councilors must make it (RTS-act) as strength and an effective tool to serve the people of their respective constituencies to make government servant liable and answerable before the common people.
It may be mentioned here that Mr. Sahibzada Fasih Ullah is the District Nazim and Mr. Hanifullah Advocate is the District Naib Nazim of Dir Upper. They both belong to Jumaat-i-Islami. Mr. Muhammad Ibrahim of Pakistan People’s Party is the opposition leader in the assembly. There are 45 members in the District Assembly in which 32 members are elected while 13 come through reserved seats. They all represent different parts, culture and tradition of Dir Upper. Christian minority is also represented by two members: Shahbaz Mesih and Baber Masih. Marginalized section of the society like women are also represented by eight women members. Journalists and media persons had also attended the assembly session. A large number of people from different section of the society were also present during the session.