Government discourages local entrepreneurs................M.
CHITRAL: The president of Chitral Chamber of Commerce, Haji
Muhammad Khan has decried that both the federal and provincial
governments are discouraging the local businessmen in licensing and
leasing process in one pretext or the other.
Addressing a press conference here on the other dya flanked by
other office-bearers Muhammad Naeem, Manzoor Ahmed, Sardar Ahmed
and member of zilla council Rahmat Ilahi, he said that the local
entrepreneurs are harshly discouraged by the government which is
leading to create hatred in them.
He cited the names of mineral development department of the
province and Pakistan State Oil (PSO) of the federal government
whose officers were allegedly involved in discrimination against
the local businessmen in awarding lease and licenses.
Citing one of the examples of discrimination, he said that one
Muhammad Rafi, a resident of Chitral, had applied for the license
of liquefied petroleum gas agency for upper Chitral in the year
2008 but was wandering from pillar to post and post to pillar.
Describing the ordeal of the businessman, he said that the
officials of PSO cancelled the approval letter of the applicant
after inviting him to Islamabad to sign the contract while he had
already deposited the security as directed by them.
Mr. Khan alleged that the authorities in the mineral department and
PSO are trying to maintain the hegemony of an outsider group in
Chitral in the fields of mining and dealership of oil and gas.
He alleged that the previous government had provided 3000 numbers
of domestic cylinders of LPG to the non-local PSO depot holder in
Chitral for free distribution among the people for reducing their
dependency on oak wood but all these were provided against the
security of Rs.3000 each.