[Dawn 19 April, 2019]

LAHORE: Facing financial crunch in administrative matters, the Punjab government is learnt to have approved creation of two new districts, one on the recommendation of Governor Chaudhry Sarwar, and more new districts and divisions are on the anvil.

According to insiders on Thursday, it has been decided to declare Pirmahal tehsil in Toba Tek Singh, the hometown of the governor, a new district. In terms of area and population, Pirmahal is the smallest tehsil of Toba Tek Singh district. It was given the status of tehsil in 2013. As many Pakistani expatriates belong to this tehsil, this is stated to be an “additional qualification” for its upgrade in addition to the recommendation by the governor, insiders said.

Approval has also been given to declare Chishtian in Bahawalnagar district a new district, officials say. The tehsil has major grain and vegetable and fruit markets. Governor’s hometown Pirmahal and Chishtian are being upgraded

Officials said the authorities were actively considering to declare Bhakkar a new division. After formal approval, the Bhakkar division will comprise Bhakkar, Mianwali and Layyah districts. At present, Bhakkar is a district of Sargodha division whereas Layyah is part of Dera Ghazi Khan division.

Turning Taunsa, the hometown of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar, into a new district is also under active consideration. It is a tehsil of Dera Ghazi Khan. Jampur’s small town Dajil too is being given the status of a tehsil. Jampur is a tehsil of Rajanpur district.