New development projects on cards for Gilgit Baltistan’s uplift: PM

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GILGIT: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Friday said a number of education and health projects would be started in Gilgit Baltistan to bring it at par with developed areas of the country. Addressing the party workers of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Gilgit chapter, the Prime Minister said the government would ensure provision of basic amenities of life for the people of Gilgit Baltistan at their doorsteps. He announced construction of a cardiac hospital in Gilgit so that the people may get the facility close to their homes, without the hassle of travelling long distance to seek medical help.

Prime Minister Sharif also announced setting up of a Special Police Force in Gilgit that would be equipped with modern weapons and specially trained to build up their capacity.

He said the selection of the Police Force would strictly be on merit to ensure law and order in the area.

He said the government last year provided Rs 8 billion to Gilgit Baltistan for development schemes. He said more funds would be made available for the area, however he stressed that the amount must be used judiciously and there must not be any sort of corruption in the execution of the projects.

The Prime Minister said Gilgit Baltistan would witness a revolution in progress, only if good governance was strictly observed and the money spent was treated as the trust of the nation.

He said Gilgit Baltistan would be turned into a developed area by undertaking projects in areas of health and education sectors.

The Prime Minister said a number of new industries should be setup in Gilgit Baltistan particularly by value addition of fruits and vegetables that could be exported to earn precious foreign exchange.

He said this would not only generate employment but also help end poverty.
He said the loans worth Rs 100 billion, under the PM’s Youth Business Loan Scheme, would be provided to young men and women of Gilgit Baltistan, besides the people of AJK and Pakistan. The scheme aimed at alleviating poverty and unemployment.

He said the youth of the area will be provided loans under the Youth Business Loan Scheme that was being launched on 7th December, to help them stand on their own feet and earn a respectable livelihood.

Under the scheme, the youth of 21-45 years of age will be provided loans ranging from Rs 100,000 to Rs 2 million and 8 percent of mark-up will be covered by the loan recipient, while the remaining 7 percent will be provided by the government. The loan will be payable in eight years with first year as grace period.

The Prime Minister said work on a number of power generation schemes was underway and mentioned that simultaneous work on Dasu and Diamir Bhasha dams was going on at a steady pace.

The Prime Minister greeted those who announced joining  the party and said with new inductions, the party will gain further strength.

Later, the Prime Minister took an aerial view of the Attabad Lake and the alignment of Greater Economic Corridor.