Kashmir: GB lawmakers alleged misuse of funds for flood-hit people; demand inquiry

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Lawmakers of the Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly asked for a probe into the issue of alleged corruption and misuse of funds meant for the rehabilitation of flood victims.

Speaker Nazir Ahmed constituted a five-member parliamentary committee, headed by Public Accounts Committee Chairman Ayub Waziri, to review rehabilitation work and submit a report by Friday.

The federal government and non-government organisations gave billions of rupees funds for the flood-affected areas, the lawmakers said, however, such funds had allegedly been embezzled.

Javed Ali Manwa, an opposition member, tabled a motion in GB assembly on Tuesday, to “draw attention towards the flood-hit people”.

He told the assembly that rains, flash floods and glacial lake outburst floods (Glof) had triggered disasters across GB and damaged roads, bridges, water and irrigation channels, cu­­­­ltivated lands and homes.

Manwa said the assembly needed to review the utilisation of funds for flood rehabilitation. He suggested a parliamentary committee to probe the imp­lementation of the foreign-funded project Glof-II at a cost of billions of rupees.__The Nation