Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman on Friday said the low grade employees were happy over the provincial government’s hot and cold weather policy.
Responding to the call attention notice of the opposition leader Capt Retd Shafi Khan at Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly, the Chief Minister said that around 3500 employees from grade 1 to grade 10 are pleased with the new policy announced by the Provincial Cabinet. However, it has made little bit loss to the the civil servants of upper grades.
The CM said some amount from higher grades of the Gilgit Baltistan was cut in order to facilitate the low grade employees under the new policy.
Before this policy, a police constable received only Rs 1200 under hot and cold policy and now will get Rs12000 whereas the employees of Communication and Works will now get Rs12000 against earlier Rs1000. He said the new policy has benefited the low grade employees and their performance would further improve. He said the government was striving to eliminate corruption, improve better service delivery and end discrimination and urged the opposition to get complete information before criticism.
The CM said the government would remove all concerns of employees of civil secretariat, governor secretariat and assembly secretariat about the new policy.
Earlier, he said the government officers and employees were somehow getting special amount for purchasing of firewood during winter and the wood sellers after cutting 40pc would return the remaining amount to them and resultantly, not only forests resources were being exploited but put extra burden on the kitty.
The CM said continuation of the old policy was tantamount of persuading people to cutting of forests, adding the past regimes did fail to address problem of cutting of forests that continued since 1992 at City Jaglot.
He said his government has accepted this challenge and an agreement was signed with people of Jaglot to stop cutting of forests. After violation of the agreement, he said, law enforcement agencies were sent to the area and timber was seized besides registration of cases against 170 people under Anti Terrorism Act.
He directed the Provincial Minister for Law, Aurangzaib advocate to take along with concerned secretaries by giving briefing to opposition to remove their concerns on the new policy.
Minister for Communication and Works, Dr Muhammad Iqbal said provision of wood to the government employees and officers was made during British era due to un-availability of electricity and gas resources in Gilgit Baltistan. He said cutting of forests for firewood was not in the interest of the country and peoples’ interest, adding the new policy would help discourage corrupt practices and will the green gold.—APP