Gilgit, October 16: “Elected leaders of Gilgit-Baltistan, including myself, lack experience and exposure. With the passage of time they will learn the art of governance and the system will improve.”
These views were expressed by GBLA Speaker, Wazir Baig, at a ceremony held here in connection with the World Food Day. He said that there is rampant corruption in different departments and some of the ministers and elected members of GB are using their authority to induct their kith and kin at official positions. He also alleged that millions are being embezzled.
He hoped that the next government will be formed by more educated people, having more experience and exposure of democratic governance, who will improve the governance system.
GBLA speaker also came down hard on “influential people”, accusing them of taking huge loans and not paying it back. He said that stubbornness and dishonesty of some people is creating difficulty for the resource-less peasants who are unable to benefit from financial institutions.
Wazir Baig further said that the issue of food shortage can be overcome by enhancing productivity of the available land and by investing in newer technologies. He said that people in Europe and the Americas have overcome the issue of food scarcity by enhancing their scientific knowledge and putting it to use for benefit of the communities. He urged the younger generations to get engaged in research in the field of agriculture and food production.
An exhibition had also been held as part of the World Food Day celebrations, in which around 36 different stalls had been set up, to show the variety of food produced in Gilgit-Baltistan. Baig also distributed prizes among the exhibitors. The programme had been organized by the GB Food and Agriculture Department.