GILGIT: Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives Asad Umar said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has earmarked Rs 40.5 billion for development projects in Gilgit Baltistan, ARY News reported.
Addressing a press conference here along with Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Khalid Khursheed, Asad Umar vowed to increase the federal allocation for the GB development package up to Rs50 billion in the fiscal year 2022-24.
The minister said the Gilgit-Shandoor Expressway would be completed at a cost of Rs 50 billion and this project would be included in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
19 mega projects had been included in the Federal PSDP under the integrated development plan for Gilgit-Baltistan, he said.
Asad Umar has said that the incumbent government was working for the development of Gilgit-Baltistan on a priority basis.
Speaking about the vaccination drive in GB, the federal minister said that the government has established six vaccination centres across the GB region.
Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a five-year Rs370 billion uplift package for the scenic region of Gilgit Baltistan.
The prime minister announced that funds to the tune of Rs370 billion would be spent in the region over the next five years, vowing to extend every possible help for the area’s well-being.
Top view of Karakoram International University. — Photo courtesy Karakoram International University Facebook
GILGIT: Over 1,260 undergraduate students of various disciplines of the Karakoram International University (KIU) have been awarded scholarships under the Ehsaas Scholarship Programme, taking the overall tally to 2,400 students.
Addressing a press conference here on Friday, KIU Vice-Chancellor Dr Attaullah Shah said a total of 1,269 students of various disciplines had applied for the scholarship programme this year. “We were told that only 200 students will get the scholarships,” he said, adding the university had requested the GB government and President Arif Alvi, who is also the chancellor of the KIU, that poor people of the region were unable to pay fees of their children due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dr Shah said the president had issued special directives to award scholarships to all the students of KIU who had applied for it.
Moreover, he said 66 undergraduate students were also awarded the HEC need-based scholarships this year.
The vice-chancellor said last year total 911 KIU students had been awarded scholarships under the programme.
“This year Rs35 million would be distributed among various disciplines to help meet the students’ expenditures in respect of payment of fees and purchase of books,” he said.
Dr Attaullah Shah said the GB government had also promised to grant Rs4 million to help the students pay their outstanding fees.
Under the initiative of bringing economic transformation in the province, the Gilgit Baltistan (GB)government has decided to convert a barren area of 50,000 acre into cultivable fields.
According to details, a budget of over Rs12 billion will be spent on this seven years long comprehensive agriculture development project.
With an amount of Rs5.35 billion, besides construction of 384 kilometres farm to Market roads while 2. 28 billion rupees have been earmarked for it in the current fiscal year, a total number of 46 irrigation based schemes out of 74 have been completed.
It is pertinent to state here that under the cultivation initiative, 41,840 acre of barren land has been made fertile across GB province.