ISLAMABAD  - Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (KA&GB) Chaudhry Muhammad Barjees Tahir Monday announced subsidized rate of wheat at Rs 11 per kilogram in Gilgit Baltistan.

Addressing a press conference along with Chief Minister GB here in the Ministry of KA&GB, the minister said the rate was fixed as Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved the recommendations of Awami Action Committee (AAC) and Government’s committee. The minister said during last 12-15 days there was an uncertainty in GB regarding ‘wheat subsidy issue’ and people prompted the AAC to take up the issue with the government.

He informed that AAC demanded to fix the wheat rate Rs 8 per kg as it was in 2010, but after several rounds of meetings, both the committees sent the recommendations to the PM to fix the rate as it was at the time when Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) came into the government.

Speaking on the occasion, CM GB Syed Mehdi Shah thanked the Prime Minister and Minister KA&GB for resolving the issue. He said that the minister has taken interest in the issue therefore it has been resolved.

He appreciated the efforts of Chaudhry Barjees Tahir and expressed hope that the other issues would also be resolved.

Spokesman of AAC Maulana Abdul Sami also thanked the prime minister and minister KA&GB for resolving the issue. He said that the fixation of rate would encourage the people of GB.