Wheat Subsidy not being withdrawn: PM
Islamabad, March 21: A special committee constituted within the GB Council for developing proposals on imposition of tax in the region has finalized its recommendations. Income tax will be imposed in Gilgit – Baltistan “to meet development needs”.
This was stated by prime minsiter Yusuf Raza Gillani on Wednesday while chairing the third session of GB Council here in the Federal capital. Gillani congratulated the GB Council on its accomplishment.
Gillani said that Tourism‚ Electricity‚ Forest‚ and Mineral development fall under the legislative list of the Gilgit-Baltistan Council‚ but the 2009 Rules of Business provided for their temporary administration by the GB Government.
He believed settlement on these subjects has taken place whereby new structures are being proposed for management which would clearly demarcate the areas of respective jurisdiction between the Council and the Government.
Gillani urged the GB Council and government to work together for distribution of compensation among the people affected by Diamer – Bhasha dam.
Prime Minister Gilani also said that the wheat subsidy will not be withdrawn and GB will get get in the National Finance Commission (NFC). This, he said, would help the regional government to implement more development projects in the region, while overcoming the financial difficulties.
The meeting was attended CM Mehdi Shah, federal minister Manzoor Watto and GBC members, Muhammad Ibrahim, Professor Saleem, AttaUllah Shahab, Jhangir Badar, Chief Secrertary Saif Ullah Chattah and officials of ministry of Kashmir affairs and Gilgit Baltistan attended the meeting.