Sost, September 1: Chief Minister of Gilgit – Baltistan, Mehdi Shah, has reportedly said that in case the food relief received from China is only distributed in Gojal valley the government would urge NGOs to focus their attention on other parts of the region. He reportedly made the statement while visiting Sost to receive the relief goods sent by Chinese government.
The CM has also reportedly said that the fuel received from China would be sold by the government to private vendors, in order to generate revenues for the GBDMA.
People have expressed concerns about the statements. “If the fuel is being received as part of relief items the government can not sell it in any case”, a Gilgit based government official who did not want to be named told Pamir Times.
He also said that if the government is legally allowed to sell the fuel the revenues obtained shall be spent through credible local institutions on rehabilitation of the people in Gojal valley displaced by the dammed Hunza River.
“The Local Support Organizations (LSOs) shall be engaged in the process to ensure transparent utilization of the funds thus obtained”, he further said.
People fear that the funds might be spent on VIP movements of the GB government and GBDMA officials.
Different village organizations, Raabita Committee Mutasireen -e- Gojal and student bodies have demanded of the concerned authorities to take notice of the attempts to sell the POL products and ensure transparency in the process.