LAHORE: The provincial minister HR&MA Ijaz Alam Augustine has said that the new local government system will bring in positive change in real terms and public representatives belonging to religious minorities will also get an opportunity to perform as the head of local government in the areas where they are in majority and hopefully the new system will be implemented as soon as possible so that the previous system comes to an end. He said that credit of local government system goes to incumbent Government as they introduced first in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which won full confidence of people in the province and has brought about significant improvement in the areas of health, education and law and order. He said a new approach will also emerge local government system in Punjab, which besides truly empowering the common man through the devolution of power to the lower tiers, will also help resolve the local problems in a quick and transparent manner and make the sustainable development possible. He expressed these views while addressing a two day orientation workshop with local government leaders of Lahore on: to promote civic participation among women, youth and religious minorities in political processes at new minister block office organized by Ministry of Human Rights & Minorities Affairs and Interfaith Harmony in collaboration with Youth Development Foundation (YDF) at new minister block on Wednesday. ECO YDF Shahid Rehmat in his briefing to participants said that new local government system will empower the elected representatives at tehsil and rural levels to help achieve development at lower tires and aim of session was to trained youth from different sectors and females to educate people importance of new local system. DG Local Government Asia Gul said in her remarks that establishment of new local governments at tehsil and punchayat level was a courageous decision which will benefit the common man and help resolve the problems of masses at local level. The minister in his closing remarks appreciated efforts of YDF and said that tehsil councils and punchayat will be introduced against district council and union councils of the previous system. At the end of the session shield and certificates distributed among youth, females and official by minister HR Ijaz Alam Augustine. Session was attended by representatives from different walks of life including government officials, lawyers, academics, youth, rights activists and officials of human rights department.