ISLAMABAD, Nov 18: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said that Benazir Income Support Programme would be extended to the Northern Areas.The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of Northern Areas Legislators and Advisors headed by Chief Executive Northern Areas, Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan and Rani of Hunza, Ms. Ghazanfar Ali Khan, that called on him here at the PM House this afternoon.
The Chief Executive Northern Areas briefed the Prime Minster about the Northern Areas in detail.
He said there is exemplary peace in the Northern Areas due to which the World Bank team has selected it for its project for the development of tourism industry in the region.
The Chief Executive said that Northern Areas should be given a constitutional status.
The Prime Minster constituted the Cabinet Committee comprising Minister for Law and Minister for Kashmir and Northern Areas to look into the status of Northern Areas.
Talking about the empowerment to the people’s representatives, the Chief Executive said that the Northern Areas Assembly should be given more powers enabling it to deliver more towards solving people’s problems.
He said that the already announced and notified new administrative districts of Hunza, Nagar and sub‑ districts of Rondu and Daghuni should be actualized.
While discussing the status of Basha Diamer Dam, the Chief Executive said that it should be renamed as Diamer Dam in order to resolve the issue of royalty between the Northern Areas and NWFP.
The Chief Executive requested the Prime Minister for the materialization of the special package announced by the previous government to provide interest free loans upto Rs. 50,000 to the people of Northern Areas.
He further requested the Prime Minister to lift ban on government jobs in addition to agri‑loans and other loans on easy terms for the people of Northern Areas to generate more economic activity. (APP)