GB legislators criticise govt ‘inefficiency’

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Last session of GBLA held on Tuesday in Gilgit. Photo: Hussain Nagri

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA ) members from both the opposition and treasury benches on Tuesday lashed out at the PML-N-led regional government for its failure to resolve the public issues during its two years and a half in power.

They unanimously passed a resolution demanding of the government to set up tourism department in the Karakoram International University and establish its campuses in Skardu and Ghizer for promotion of tourism industry.

The resolution was tabled by opposition member Rehana Ebadi during a session of the GBLA held in Gilgit on Tuesday. Speaking during the question hour, deputy speaker Jaffarullah Khan said repair of water channels to Gilgit city had not been carried out for last two years, nor the main water channels cleaned due to which residents of the city were consuming polluted water. Opposition leader Shah Baig said not only in the Gilgit city but also water management in other areas of the region was in bad shape. Despite allocation of funds, there is no mechanism to provide clean drinking water to the people, he lamented.

He alleged that massive financial corruption was being committed in the GB House in Islamabad and in the Northern Areas Transport Organization (Natco), and demanded an impartial inquiry.

Opposition legislator Rehana Ebadi said lone female doctor serving in the Skardu district headquarters hospital had been transferred.

Deputy speaker Jaffarullah Khan raised the issue of regularisation of 100 Social Action Programme schoolteachers in the region and said the teachers had been protesting for many years.

Published in Dawn, October 11th, 2017

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