Participatory Democracy


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This is the structure of participatory democracy proposed by Dr. Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri.

Currently Pakistan has a warped form of parliamentary democracy which goes something like this.

National Assembly in Islamabad to deal with national issues.
4 Provincial Assemblies at each provincial capital.

In practice, this is it, the devolution of power under the current system stops at provincial assembly level. Furthermore Chief Ministers of Punjab and Sind have over 14 ministries each under their belt. How can the system of administration be efficient, how can this be a democracy when single person who is over 80 years old has over 14 ministries to run!

The constitution promises local government system at City district level, this part of the constitution has been subverted by the so called democratic governments. The funds are allocated at National and Provincial levels to the ministers and these funds never make it to the people, they are lost in corruption.

There is on system of administration at the local level to address the needs of the people. There is absolutely no system for anything, explaining it all will require a lot of time. Perhaps you can understand it with a single phase. Pakistani society is like a hunter gatherer society. If they are robbed, if they face any injustice, they never go to the police, because police has criminals in it.

Proposed System:

Peoples Participatory Democratic System

150 District Govt (150 assemblies) will be established & under which 800-1000 Tahsil Govt. will be established.

Benefit

District chief minister and other ministers will be available to solve the problems at that level

Out of  800-1000 Tahsil Govt,  400-500 Urban(City) Govt. and 400-500 Rural(Town) Govt.will be established

Benefit

Mayor and counselor will be available at that level

More than 6,000 Union Council govt. will be established at Union Council Level

For Villages

Village Councils and Ward Administrations will be established

No one will be the king, It will be the councils of citizens comprises of 7-10 members either some salary paid and some on volunteer basis will be the shareholders of power that is why this system is called Peoples Participatory Democratic System. This is how over 1 million people will be involved in governance

Structure and Methodology :

RURAL AREAS

ONE UNIT for every 500 population

TEN UNITS for every 5,000 population

TEN UNITS  will make one Rural Council

Benefits at Rural Council Level

In Rural Council, everyone will know their representatives and vice versa. Tax money will be used in the same area

TEN Rural Council for every 50,000 population

Ten Rural Council will make Rural Tahsil Council RTC

Each Rural Tshsil Council RTC will have one assembly of 25 members.

Benefits at RTC level

Every poor can get college, hospital, magistrate, civil judge and income tax officer.

Election every 2 yrs. for every RTC.

URBAN AREAS

ONE UNIT or ONE WARD for every 1,000 population

10 WARDS For every 10,000 population

10 WARDS will make ONE WARD COUNCIL

(10-20 Members will be in One Ward Council)

10 WARD COUNCIL will make ONE URBAN TAHSIL COUNCIL-UTC

ONE URBAN TAHSIL COUNCIL for every 100,000 population

One Assembly and a local Govt. for each URBAN TAHSIL COUNCIL for 100,000 population

Several assemblies in a city of > 100,000 population

to deal all the problems. Election every 2 yrs. Foundational criteria of the members will be honesty, character, education, ability, credit history

This system is successful  in France & UK

2/3 rd countries in the world are on this track.

The proposed system will transfer the power back to the people by the devolution of power from Federal and provincial level to the lower ward levels. This system in slightly different forms is being successfully implemented in other developed parts of this world. Why can`t the Pakistani nation benefit from this administrative system?

The greatest resistance in the implementation of this new system is the status quo. The forces of status quo are well aware that the new system will weaken their power and give the power, authority and rights back to the people.


Credit for the poster > Sikandar Iqbal, you can follow him on twitter @Iqbal92s

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