Gilgit Baltistan Pre Budget 2013-14

November 22, 2013

 Budget Session of Gilgit Baltistan Council was held in Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit- Baltistan under the Chairmanship of Peer Karam Ali Shah, Governor Gilgit-Baltistan and Vice Chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan Council. Chaudhary Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan presented 2013-14 Budget. In proposed budget, expenditures are estimated at Rs.826 million against a revenue target of Rs.543 million. Deficit will be met by grant from the Federal Government. Rs. 325 million are allocated for development program whereare Rs.20 million will be granted to each member for development projects. Rs.145 millions are kept for construction of Gilgit Baltistan Council Secretariat Building.

            Chaudhary Muhammad Barjees Tahir, Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan, while addressing the members of the Council, said “We want to make the council’s members functional and proceed with the affairs of the council under their guidance”. He said that no stone will be left unturned for the peace and progress of Gilgit-Baltistan. He pledged to bring all possible resources for the development and progress of the province. He said Pakistan’s development is linked with development in Gilgit Baltistan. Region possesses immense potential in tourism, minerals and hydropower. Utilizing the all available resources of Gilgit-Baltistan is the need of the hour. Our first and foremost priority is to bring political stability and to improve law and order situation in order to exploit future potential of strategically important region.

            Peer Karam Ali Shah, Governor Gilgit-Baltistan, while addressing the first sitting of budget session thanked the Federal Minister for presenting a balanced budget despite economic constraints. He lauded the role, which Federal Minister played in solving the problems of the province. He also praised the role of Chief Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan, Officers of the Ministry and Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan Division.

            Budget session was attended by members of Gilgit Baltistan Council. Ch Muhammad Barjees Tahir thanked the members of the Council for having consensus on proposed budget and showing exemplary discipline. Meeting ended with prayers for peace, solidarity and progress of the country.