ISLAMABAD, Jul 8 (APP): Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said land measuring 12 canal (One and a half acre) had been acquired from Capital Development Authority (CDA) for buildiung the premises of GB Council Secretariat.Addressing at meeting held to review the performance of newly established GB Council Secretariat here Friday, the minister expressed satisfaction on its working, saying it was going on righ track.

Rules were also approved for recruitment in GB Council Secretariat and the minister directed merit should be the top priority in appointments of new posts. In this respect, Chairman of GB Council Secretariat would give opinion.

The minister approved a suggestion to re-structure the board of Northern Areas Transport Company, and directed opinion of GB Government must be sought in this connection.

Wattoo also approved to set up the Department of Audit and Accounts, Manzil Developmental Company as well as accepted the joint proposal of the Board for Forest Advisory.

He informed progress had been made on negotiation with GB Government for establishing a joint Hydel Development Board.

The GB Government had got approved the proposal of GB Council Secretariat from the cabinet. “Joint hydel Board would be a great success of GB Government and Ministry of KA & GB designed to accelerate power production,” the minister said.

Secretary KA & GB Javed Malik and Joint Secretary GB Council Secretariat Muhammad Shakeel were also present in the meeting.