History of Inter Provincial Conference (IPC)

 

 History of Inter Provincial Conference (IPC)

  • Rule 21 of the Rules of Business, 1973 of the Government of Pakistan lays down the procedure of convening of the Inter-Provincial Conference under the directions of the Prime Minister who shall preside at the meetings.

  • Only cases of major importance which require policy decision and mutual discussion between the Federal and the Provincial Governments are brought before the IPC forum.

  • The Federal and Provincial Ministers and officials of the Divisions concerned and of the Provincial Governments are associated with the deliberations of the Conference as and when considered necessary.

     

Inter Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC)

  • After the adoption of the Federal Constitution of Pakistan on 14th August,1973, the first meeting of the IPCC was convened on 1st/2nd July 1974.

  • Till date, a total of 28 meetings of IPCC concerning policy issues amongst Provinces and the Federation have been held. The latest meeting was successfully convened on 9th April, 2007.

  • Next meeting of IPCC has been scheduled at Quetta in the Province of Balochistan on 9th July, 2007.

 Selected decisions of Inter Provincial Coordination Committee (IPCC) since Sept 2006 

First Meeting - 18 September, 2006

  • Enhancement of quota of Federal jobs for Balochistan has been increased from 3.5% to 6% on the basis of latest population Census 1998.

  • Transfer of fishing rights of Chashma Barrage from Federal Ministry of Water& Power, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to the Province of Punjab, being a provincial subject under the Constitution.

  • The issue of illegal fishing by Sindh based trawlers in territorial waters of Balochistan was resolved by arranging meetings of Chief Secretaries of the two Provinces.

  • On the recommendation of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, it was unanimously decided that a maximum flat rate of not more than Rs.20,000 to Rs.30,000 annually be levied by civic bodies in all Provinces for installation of BTS Towers.

  • To prevent indiscriminate and unregulated use of loudspeakers and amendments in Section 3 of Punjab Regulation and Control of Loudspeakers and Sound Amplifiers Ordinance 1965 were approved as follows:

    1. Enhancement of imprisonment from one month to three months;

    2. Enhancement of fine from Rs.200/- to Rs.1000/-

  • For public convenience, check posts on either side of the Attock Bridge on Indus River ever abolished.
    To prevent crimes and theft of vehicles, database for vehicle registration by Provinces and interface with Federal institutions through ongoing five IT based projects be completed on time.

  • Development of inland and coastal fishing industry of Balochistan and Sindh to promote and protect the fishermen of Balochistan who are adversely affected by piracy of tuna fish resources. Minister of State for Finance to head the Committee with Chief Secretaries of Sindh, Balochistan and Federal Secretary Food as members.

  • Emphasized the need for all Provincial Governments/Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to launch a national campaign again stmisuse of loudspeakers, unlicensed FM Radio Stations and Cable Television (CTV) Stations so as to prevent them from generating sectarian hatred adversely affecting the law and order situation.

  • To prevent the damage caused by heavy vehicles to roads due to non-enforcement of axle load limits by the Provinces, the proposal of Government of Punjab was accepted to formulate a uniform policy. An Axle Load Committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Communications and all provincial representatives to submit recommendations.

Second Meeting - 16 December 2006

  • Approved transfer of Federal Government’s gender development grants to all the 110 districts in four Provinces under National Gender Reform Action Plan (GRAP) through the channel of Provincial Finance Commissions.

  • Nominations of “Focal Persons” of all Provincial Governments communicated to Ministry of Commerce for better coordination and feedback on trade negotiations with foreign countries

Third Meeting, 9th April, 2007

  • Different autonomous entities to include professionally competent representatives from all Provinces in their Policy Boards in coordination with respective Provincial Governments.

  • To control crimes, track vehicle thefts and smuggling of weapons, the Provinces agreed to dovetail their own projects with following five IT based projects under implementation by the National Police Bureau:

    1. Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Rs.1107.014 million

    2. Police Record Office Management and Information System (PROMIS) (Rs.1405.04 million).

    3. Nation wide Integrated Trunk Radio System (NITRS) (Rs.1951.695 million)

    4. Integration of E-enablement Project of Islamabad Police.

    5. National Forensic Science Agency (NFSA) (Rs.1292 million).

 

It was also decided that these projects be bundled over to Provinces on time as future operation and maintenance costs will be borne by each Province.

  • Activate the forum of Provincial Narcotics Interdiction Committee for developing a continuous and coordinated response against the menace of drugs, contrabands trafficking.

  • Ministry of Interior should consider launching the deweaponsiation drive.

  • Frontier Constabulary Force contingents working outside the province may be deployed back to the Province of NWFP for effective of their mandatory role.

  • Transfer of fishing rights of Tarbela and Khanpur Damreservoirs to the Government of NWFP, being a provincial subject under the Constitution. Minister of State for finance emphasized that now the Provincial Fisheries Department of NWFP should focus on breading and sustaining quality species of fish and urgently take capacity building initiatives.

  • IPCC supported the proposal of due representation of Government of NWFP in the Central Film Censor Board and inclusion of journalists of NWFP in foreign tours.

Fourth Meeting, 23rd Oct, 2007

  • Fourth meeting of IPCC was held on 23-10-2007 at Islamabad. Federal Minister for IPC Mr. Salim Saifullah Khan chaired the meeting.

Following important decisions were taken:

  • The meeting was told that out of a total of 25 decisions 13 stood implemented, 07 were partly implemented and 05 were under implementation.

  • Chairman, Indus River system Authority (IRSA) gave a presentation regarding distribution of water in accordance with the agreement on apportionment of water of Indus River system between the provinces, 1991. The chairman maintained that the Agreement was a land mark achievement as it was concluded with consensus of all stakeholders.

  • Ministry Health and provincial Health Departments were advised to more closely coordinate the anti-polio efforts and to involve themselves in coordinating the cross-border joint efforts. NWFP Government agreed to take similar actions against mobile population in its border districts. It was also decided that early warning system should be make more effective like in case of Dengue Fever.

  • It was decided that Ministry of Finance will convene a province-wise Reconciliation meeting with the provincial Food Departments to settle the issue of their claims. It was decided that first such meeting be held in November,2007 with Food Department NWFP by a Joint secretary in Finance Division who will convene the Reconciliation meeting. Minister of State Finance will ensure early resolution. The positive role of the Government of Punjab in procurement of wheat on other province was appreciated.

  • It was decided that West Pakistan Electricity Duty Rules, 1964 “merit are look” and be reviewed, for better customer services by Ministry of Water and Power and PEPCO. It was also decided that Government of NWFP will convene a meeting in November, 2007 with the Ministry of Water and Power and M.D. PEPCO to mutually resolve their claims and anti-claims. These meeting will be convened by secretary (IPC), NWFP on behalf of the Government of NWFP.