G-B assembly passes Civil Servants Act

GILGIT: The Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed two bills on the second day of the house’s proceedings.Law Minister Wazir Shakir tabled the Civil Servants Act 2011 bill in the house which was unanimously approved by the members. He also responded to questions on behalf of Chief Minister Mehdi Shah, who was not present in the House.

PML-Q Member Amina Ansari criticised the government for not repairing  Alam Bridge. She explained that business activity in Baltistan District has been severely affected due to protests by locals against the chief minister’s negligence.

Speaker Wazir Baig took note of the case and ordered the reconstruction of the bridge on an urgent basis.

The newly elected member of the assembly Nawaz Khan Naji, who was sworn in on Monday after winning the by-election from Ghizer District, complained about the lack of health facilities in his district. “There is not a single surgeon in the whole valley and people are depending on private hospitals,” he remarked.

The house also passed a resolution tabled by lawmaker Ayub Shah condemning all attempts aimed at defaming the armed forces. After the approval of the resolution, Naji remarked that the army had the full support of the House, but every institution must be answerable to the democratic institutions under the law. Naji also criticised the government for providing Rs230 million to Governor Karam Ali Shah during Monday’s session. However, his claim was rejected by the chief minister, who said no such amount had been paid to anyone.

Also on Monday, Mutabiat Shah a member from Gojal complained that the work on the Attabad spillway was extremely slow. He said only 10 per cent of the work had been completed thus far and road access to Gojal Valley has been blocked since January 2010.

Finance Minister Muhammad Ali Akhtar assured the house on Monday that the ban on recruitment to fill nearly 400 vacant posts will be lifted by June 30.

 Published in The Express Tribune, June 8th, 2011.

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