By Qasim Ali
Gilgit: Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) members protested over illegal recruitments in the Power and Works Department (PWD) during the assembly’s session Thursday, reports said.
A report by the standing committee for construction reportedly prompted the protests. The assembly members have demanded that rules recommended by the standing committee for the hiring on the different posts in the PWD must be strictly followed.
The practice of selling jobs for cash in different departments of the government has been a prevalent issue in GB government departments for long. The assembly members have raised their voice against the illegal hiring, saying people are being hired in the NAPWD against the rules and policies.
Taking into account the protests and issues raised, GBLA Speaker, Mr. Wazir Baig, directed the minister for construction to submit a report on the issue. Opposition leader, Haji Janbaaz, said three years back a report was submitted about the unlawful hiring in different departments, but in vain.
It appears like GB legislators have made it a tradition to accommodate their own party workers on vacant and newly designed posts of the government departments. Change in government results in firing of employees and the next party in power replaces the employees with their own stalwarts.