Gilgit-Baltistan:Local bodies bill-2011 tabled in GB Assembly

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Diamer—The government of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) on Friday tabled the local bodies bill-2011 in the GB legislative assembly. The session was chaired by Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed.

After tabling the bill, Minister for Law & Parliamentary Affairs Wazir Shakil briefed the House about the bill. He said the mountainous region needed legislation on local bodies system. The chair later referred the bill to the House‘s standing committee on Law for consideration and opinion. Lawmaker Didar Ali complained that his repeated calls to the government for provision of Urdu transcript of the bill. He said that most of members were unable to comprehend English, therefore, Urdu version of the proposed laws should also be provided to them along with original bill. Deputy Speaker directed the law minister to ensure early provision of Urdu translation of the bill and give it to the members of the house. Education Minister Dr Ali Madad Sher told the House that his department had sacked 25 officials after an inquiry found their appointments against the rules.

Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah told the house that the posts advertised before the recent ban on employment in government departments would be filled soon. The Chief Minister and members of the house prayers for the solidarity of the country and for the flood affectees of Sindh. Meanwhile, the treasury benches tabled two bills in Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly.

Deputy Speaker Jamil Ahmed was in the chair. Minister Law and Parliamentary Affairs Wazir Shakil presented Animal Protection Bill 2011 and Prevention Gambling Act 2011 in the House. The members demanded Urdu transcript of the bills. The Law Minister told the house that cruelty against animals was rampant and there was a need of legislation to stop this. The bills were referred to the select committees concerned for deliberation on the request of minister. The chair refused to give floor to Mirza Hussain on a point of order and said he would be given time on Friday. Member Gul Meera asked the Minister for Works to inform the house as to why uplift projects were not completed in due time while payments against the projects had been made.

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