BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Senior administration officials from Punjab have reached Gilgit-Baltistan [G-B] to pass on the rich experience to their counterparts in a region lacking administrative experience.
The visit of officials came in the wake of G-B CM visit to Punjab recently in which he sought technical support from his counterpart in Punjab in running the affairs smoothly and according to the wishes of the people.
The officials who made it to G-B are mostly secretaries in Punjab government, said an official in G-B government.
They have been sent in by chief minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on request from G-B chief minister Hafeezur Rahman, the officials said on Wednesday.
According to the official, G-B and Punjab government recently formed a coordination committee to conduct exchange visits for secretary and deputy level officials to enable them to learn from their experiences.
“One of the meetings of the coordination committee was held in Lahore and the second meeting of the series was held in Gilgit,” said the official who accompanied chief minister in his meeting in Gilgit on Tuesday.
Chief minister Hafeezur Rahman while addressing the officials said the purpose of inviting them was to learn from their rich experience.
“Punjab is the most successful province in terms of administration and governance, that’s why we preferred to seek technical assistance from them,” said the chief minister who later left for Islamabad on an official visit.
He said the secretaries from G-B would also visit Punjab to take part in hands on sessions. “On our request CM Punjab will be visiting us in March,” said Rahman.
The secretaries who were on G-B visit including secretary planning and development, secretary finance, health, higher education, among others.
With its constitutional status still in limbo, Gilgit-Baltistan was brought at par with a province under empowerment and self-governance order in 2009, allowing it to have its own chief minister and governor first time after independence.