GILGIT: Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said that government was taking tangible measures for welfare of the youth. Taking with members of the youth parliament, the GB CM said since youth played important role in socio-economic development of a country, GB government was investing more resources for creating opportunities for them to gear them up for their future role.
He said that establishment of youth parliament in GB was a good step which would be encouraged at all forums, adding the parliament should forward suggestions for improving governance in the area. He was of the view that efforts should be made to establish a youth think-tank as well to resolve all outstanding issues through practical measures. He also directed the concerned department to cooperate with youth parliament and resolve problems of the youth on priority basis.
He said since there was no fiefdom or lordship system in GB, so a common man faced no problems or ban to venture into politics and play role for the development of the area. The chief minister informed that GB austerity drive was initiated from the Chief Minister house and wound up all rented camp offices besides weeding out protocol culture.
He said that PML(N) had taken exemplary austerity measures and rolled back prime minister house established in a building rented on Rs 0.5 million monthly rent in Islamabad and the office business was shifted to GB House, Islamabad. He said that CM camp office in GB House Islamabad incurred expenditure not more than Rs 300,000 per annum. Thus the GB House had now turned into a profit making institution as during past governments, the house’s annual expenditure stood at Rs 10 million. He said that those who were criticizing the government had actually plundered the national kitty in their tenures and they would have to repay the stolen money. He said masses had trust in PML(N) which did not award ticket to any defalture or corrupt candidate for contesting elections.
Meanwhile, Director Civil Supply Gilgit Baltistan Ikarmullah dispelling impression about lack of wheat in the area has said there was no wheat shortage in Gilgit Baltistan. Talking to media, the director said the department had supplied enough wheat to the upper areas of various districts of Gilgit Baltistan and people were facing no problem in this regard.
He said that wheat depots had been set up a various main points across the GB to meet future requirements and supply was continuing to these places in smooth manner. He said the department had always taken measure for facilitating people and employees had been directed to ensure that resident especially of far-flung areas faced no problem with regard to getting wheat to flour.
He said that special teams had been constituted to raid such unscrupulous business elements and ensure commodities of life at affordable level to the people of the area. He said that it has been ensured to display complete information about available stock of the wheat and its distribution and total population strengthen at specific places at wheat supply offices, godowns, floor dealers at all districts of the area.
He said that comprehensive monitoring mechanism had also been put in place and contact numbers had been published on those to list and people may covey their complaints or reservation of any kind in this regard so that the entire process may be pursued in a transparent manner. He said that raids were conducted on elements of the wheat mafia active in the area, adding no leniency would be shown to those who were found in sort of corruption in this regard.