Ghazanfar Ali Khan, chief executive of the Northern Areas Legislative Assembly has expressed sympathy with the farmers who were affected by the recent Glacial Lake Outburst Floods, at Chatghust, Ghulkin. According to a local weekly newspaper (Badd-e-Shimal) the chief executive has said that the damage to property and crops will be compensated by the government.
While this is a welcome news, it is also important to consider the point raised by the deputy commissioner of Gilgit district during his visit to Ghulkin regarding the absence of funds related to emergency and disaster. The chief executive, if he compensates the damage, will have to take funds out from the already scarce development budget to make such compensations.
There is a need to allocate separate funds for dealing with disaster in Gilgit – Baltistan. We hope that the chief executive will raise this point in the corridors of power, while compensating the people who have lost their valuable property because of the natural disasters.