Flood relief in GB: Minister says negligence will not be tolerated
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Chaudhry Barjees Tahir on Thursday expressed grief over the devastations caused by flooding and directed the GB administration of for speeding up the relief efforts.
In a statement to the press in the federal capital, he said that the ministry would not tolerate any negligence during this emergency situation.
“GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman is personally looking after the relief efforts,” Tahir added. Among the most affected regions of GB are Ganchay, Skardu and Astore, where many villages have been affected while the land routes have been disconnected from other parts of GB due to the wiping out of bridges and submerging of roads, he said.
The federal minister said efforts are being made for re-construction of roads and bridges, for the supply of relief goods which include medicines, blankets and food. “I have been instructed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for personally taking part in the supervision of the relief efforts for which I am about to depart for GB,” he added. He clarified that there is “no scarcity of funds” for extending the relief efforts and restoring the destroyed infrastructure.
Tahir slammed the past regimes for neglecting development work in GB. “This is the reason the candidates who were previously elected in GB underwent defeat during the recent local government (LG) elections,” he said. He added that the current elected body of GB is concentrating on extending efforts for the development of the required infrastructure. He explained that the development work has been scheduled keeping in view the climate change perspective and anticipated weather so that the government is able to skip the damages from natural disasters.
The federal minister for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan appreciated the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and said the trade route would generate new opportunities for the GB region. “CPEC will bring for the people of GB prosperity as well as foster social and economic development,” he added.
Source: Daily Times