CHITRAL: Members of the District Council at the conclusion of the three-day budget session on Saturday criticized the food department for supplying stale and worms infected wheat to its warehouses in Chitral.
They said that such substandard wheat had been dumped by the department in warehouses and sale points in all the union councils of Chitral. As a result, the people of the valley were left with no other option but to purchase wheat flour from the market at exorbitant rates. The members included Maulana Jamshed Ahmed, Rehmat Ghazi Khan, Maulana Abdur Rehman, Abdul Qayyum, Muhamamd Yaqub, Ghulam Mustafa Rehmat Elahi and Husoool Begum.
They also criticized the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) for its failure to resolve the power crisis in upper Chitral even after the completion of the Golen Gol power house.
The members also expressed their annoyance over the closure of the Lowari tunnel for public transport for 16 hours daily.
The passengers are still made to wait on both sides of the tunnel for hours even though the project had been completed and inaugurated by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif last year.
The house passed its annual budget 2018-19 worth Rs4.21 billion in which an amount of Rs20 million have been set aside for the annual development programme (ADP).
Presenting the budget in the session of the assembly chaired by Maulana Abdul Shakoor, District Nazim Maghfirat Shah said Rs3.83 billion of the total outlay would be consumed by salaries, Rs166.35 million by non-salary expenditures and Rs10.4 million by the District Council grants.
Members from both the treasury and opposition expressed their anger over non-release of the ADP 2017 by the KP government due to which schemes identified by them could not be started. –Zahiruddin for Dawn