GB CM slams 50pc cut in development allocations in federal budget

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Says PML-N Govt deliberately reduced allocations of GB region

Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid has slammed the federal government for cutting the development allocations of the region up to 50% in the budget 2022-23. Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Islamabad along with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders including Murad Saeed and Ali Amin Gandapur, GB CM Khalid Khurshid said that at least Rs50 billion should be allocated for the Gilgit-Baltistan region in the federal budget.

Khurshid said the coalition government led by Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) has deliberately reduced the allocations of the GB region while the 50% cut will affect the pace of development. He detailed that GB was not given electricity from Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) despite the region contributing to hydropower generation for the country.

The chief minister said that former prime minister Imran Khan had provided 200 megawatts of electricity to the GB region during his first year besides making efforts for giving constitutional rights to the people.

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