GILGIT – Using discretionary powers, chief minister Gilgit-Baltistan has reversed bureaucracy’s decision to purchase new android mobiles for its 40 senior officials.
Hafeezur Rehman took the decision a day after media reports suggested local bureaucracy had decided to buy Samsung Note 8 mobile phones for 40 senior officials including the chief secretary and secretaries. According to an official letter, every official was entitled to purchase Samsung Note 8 or equivalent mobile phone worth Rs 92,000.
“The decision has been reversed by the chief minister and no purchase of mobile phones will take place now,” a senior official at chief minister secretariat told The Gilgit on Friday.
Chief minister Hafeezur Rehman reportedly expressed displeasure over bureaucracy’s decision that he came to know about through media reports. “We can’t just spend money like this,” Rehman said.
“The decision to buy new mobiles was approved during the previous government,” chief minister was quoted as saying. “This decision isn’t therefore valid now.” The chief minister said “this time around it was the secretaries’ decision that I wasn’t aware about.”