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Call to strengthen local bodies for social mobility
Call to strengthen local bodies for social mobility

LAHORE: (Monday, January 13, 2020): Speakers at a panel discussion held at Punjab University have stressed upon the need to strengthen local government system so that local issues could be solved at local level. The panel discussion was organized by PU Department of Economics at its seminar room here on Monday. Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Vice Chancellor Dr Nadeem ul Haq, Ms Tooba Sayid from AWP and WDF, Lawyer Usama Khawar, AWP and Development Practitioner Ammar Rashid and Pakistan Institute of Development Economics’ Zia Banday, Chairman Department of Economics Prof Dr Mumtaz Anwer Choudhary, faculty members and a large number of students were present on the occasion.
Addressing the participants, Dr Nadeem ul Haq said that the Constitution provided equal rights to the citizens. He said that there should be one law for the rich and the poor. He said that there was a need to bring change in the mindset of the people for construction of high rise residential buildings for controlling spread of cities. He said that the universities should do research for resolving social issues being faced by the society. He said that bureaucrats did not benefit from research while dealing with social issues. He said that public libraries, community centres and playgrounds played positive role in upward mobility of the poor. He said that the culture of entrepreneurship should be promoted for social mobility of the poor. Dr Zia Banday said that people should come forward for resolving their own issues. He said that strengthening of local bodies would help resolve issues with the participation of the people of the locality concerned. Ammar Arshad stressed the need to provide affordable residential facilities for the working class.