SC directs KP govt to prepare manual, digital record of state property
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to prepare manual and digital record of state property in six months.
A two-member SC bench comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa and Justice Sardar Tariq Masood announced the verdict on a petition filed by Peshawar Municipal Corporation administrator against Peshawar High Court (PHC) verdict.
The judgment authored by Justice Qazi Faez Isa stated, “To further and better preserve and protect public properties and to have easy access to particulars of all public properties in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the government of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is directed to prepare and maintain a complete physical and electronic/digital record of all public properties, which shall include, making requisite entries, if not already made, in the revenue/land record in the name of the concerned local government, and mention its area, abutment, coordinates and any other particulars for their easy identification. The record with regard to every local government’s public properties must be permanently maintained by them and copies thereof kept at a centralized location by the office of the Secretary Local Government, Election and Rural Development
Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in digital/electronic form.”
The court directed the Registrar Office to send a copy of this judgment to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary and Local Government, Election and Rural Development Department secretary who was directed to issue written instructions to every village, neighbourhood, tehsil, town, district and city district local government and directed them to ensure compliance with sections 39 of the Act and to submit the requisite reports thereunder, with copies thereof to the said secretary and if there was any loss or waste of properties, direct them to take action against “every official or servant of a local government, every member of a local council, and every person charged with administration and management of property of a local government” and to make them personally liable in terms of section 41 of the Act.
The court in its ruling directed the chief secretary and Local Government, Election and
Rural Development Department secretary to submit written confirmation under their own signatures within one month from the date of receipt of this judgment, through the KP advocate general that compliance with the above directions had been made and to submit a similar report within six months that the directions regarding digitalization of state property had been complied with throughout the province. – APP