SWABI – Speakers at a function held on the ‘Role of CCBs in People’s Welfare’ Friday said that the Citizen Community Boards (CCBs) could only deliver if the funds released to these bodies was monitored by the local government and their previous track-record was quite dubious.  

The function was held at Samajee Behbood Rabita Council (SBRC). Former union council nazims, presidents and chairmen of the welfare bodies and women representatives spoke on the contributions and also put forward proposals to make them more dynamic. Mukhtiar Khan, advisor to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister said there was no doubt that the people had attached great expectations with the CCBs in the beginning but these bodies have failed to deliver and meet the high expectations of the masses. “There was a dire need to revamp the CCBs, and their both formation and functioning of must be improved. In such scenario the capacity-building gap would be reduced on one hand and function of the CCBs are expected to be enhanced on the other,” he said. “In the next few days we are hold a meeting with the local government officials.” Arshad Ali, president of Swabi Bar Association said that there about 900 CCBs in 56 union councils in the district and all of them have been registered with the social welfare department.

“The unregistered bodies could never get the CCBs fund from the local government. The CCB fund could not be used in other development works” he said. “Without proper monitoring it might be difficult to boost the contributions of these bodies.” He said that the Devolution Trust for Community Empowerment (DTCE) provided fund for the CCBs should not fall into wrong hands because it could deprive people from the development work and facilities.

Rohal Amin, district chairman of the CCBs said there is dire need to educate people about the local government, CCBs role, capacity-building of elected representatives and officials of the Local Government department, provision of opportunities to the masses to hold their elected representatives accountable for their performance and evolve a model of transparent, efficient and accountable government at the local level.

Zakirullah Khan, representative of the DTCE said that people in rural areas wanted safe drinking water, effective drainage system, good means of transportation and other amenities, and the CCBs should focus on these priorities and demands of the local people. He stressed on these bodies to have proper data and planning which could help them in solving the grievances confront by the local communities and the sense of deprivation and frustration could be eradicated with such meaningful steps. “We have been working on making the CCBs more productive and achieve this purpose they had already arranged many programmes,” he said.