Devolution of Power and Poverty Alleviation

By: Fayyaz Baqir

The need for devolution of power has arisen because of government’s failure in three specific areas. First, there is lack of operation or poor performance of service facilities installed by the government. Secondly in low-income areas the government functionaries are providing services illegally in return for personal gains. Thirdly the government has failed in providing basic services in low-income areas whereas the informal and non-government sector has very successfully provided these services to residents of these areas on user fee basis.