Govt providing 73pc subsidy on GB wheat: Barjees
Islamabad, April 25, 2014: Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has rejected the notion that the federal government has lifted subsidy on wheat in Gilgit Baltistan, clarifying that still the government was providing 73 per cent subsidy on wheat.
Addressing a press conference here at ministry on Thursday, the minister said that government of Pakistan annually giving Rs 7753.33 million wheat to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan while receiving Rs 2.1 billion as price. He said that a total of five billion and 75 crore subsidy annually given.
He said that only 14 floor mills are operational in Gujranwala for city of six million population.
While in Gilgit Baltistan 46 floor mills are working for the population of only 1.4 million.
He said that the ministry has constituted a committee to resolve the matter of wheat subsidy. He said that the Committee would prepare a report within two days. He directed the authorities to ensure that there would be no shortage of wheat in Gilgit Baltistan.
Chaudhry Barjees Tahir said that the government is working on various development projects in Gilgit Baltistan including Diamer Bhasha Dam and Bonji Dam.
He said that Cadet College and Cardiology hospital would also be established in Gilgit Baltistan.
The minister said that various steps were taken for the development of tourism sites in these areas.
Skardu: The shutter-down strike over wheat prices entered its 10th day on Thursday as more than fifty thousands of people have sit-in Yadgar Chowk Skardu on the call of the Awami Action Committee (ACC).
The speakers addressing the gathering demanded the restoration of wheat subsidy and acceptance of other demands made by the AAC.
People gathered in the district headquarters whereas traffic on the Skardu roads remains suspended for several hours.
The shops and markets remain closed and traffic remains thin on the roads. Elaborate security measures have been put in place in different parts of the Skardu city.
There are no reports of violence or forced closure of roads and markets from any part of the region in support of the charter of demands of the AAC.
Speaking at the occasion AAC leaders demanded acceptance of the charter of demands of the AAC. They warned that if authority concerned fails to accept the charter of demands the people will march towards Gilgit.—APP