Gilgit-Baltistan:Approved GB Public Service Commission and Services Tribunal

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GILGIT, Nov 3: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly approved establishment of the GB Public Service Commission as well as Services Tribunal with overwhelming majority here on Wednesday.

Law minister Wazir Shakil read out the acts tabled by him during the session chaired by Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed. The deputy speaker put both the acts before the house for consent.

There was opposition only from a single member who was not happy with English version of the acts. He demanded that before debate their Urdu translation should also be distributed among the lawmakers so that they could comprehend the text.

The Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly also unanimously adopted a resolution presented by opposition leader Bashir Ahmed. The resolution demanded immediate implementation of a judgment passed by the Supreme Appellate Court of GB and said that the treasury benches should put in their efforts for inclusion of GB in the Council of Common Interest so that the area could fight for its rights at the appropriate forum.

The deputy speaker also approved a suggestion of Law Minister Wazir Shakil that a committee comprising of lawmakers from both the assembly and council should be formed to take up GB issues with the centre.

Earlier, while answering a question of the opposition leader, Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah said that the matter of media colony would be resolved soon after Eidul Azha.

About provision of session allowance to the employees of GBLA Secretariat, the law minister said that the finance committee had been formed and it would handle the issue.

Replying a question of Mirza Hussain, the law minister said that shortly a high-level committee would be constituted and a comprehensive policy worked out to generate revenue and recommendations would be presented in the house for approval.

The food minister while answering a question said that wheat would be transported to far flung areas by 20th of this month adding that enhancement of quota was not possible at the moment. The deputy speaker adjourned the house for Thursday.

Courtesy: Daily Dawn November 04, 2010

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