The government of Gilgit-Baltistan has brushed aside the federal government’s decision to pull out subsidy on wheat for the region. The decision came at the GB government’s cabinet meeting, which was chaired by GB Chief Minister Syed Mehdi Shah.
It is pertinent to mention here that GB has been receiving at least two million subsidized wheat bags yearly from the federal government under a special package. Sources say that if the federal government ignores the protest of GB government and withdraws the subsidy, a 40 – k.g. wheat sack will be priced at Rs. 740 for the consumer, which is more than double the current price for the same sack of wheat.
During the cabinet meeting, the government also rejected the federal government’s ban on recruitments in government department’s of GB. Information Minister Sadia Danish said GB government will not stop hiring, especially for posts already advertized in newspapers. She also said that contract workers in the public works department will soon be regularized.