Govt decides NOT to increase the salaries of employees from 18 departments

ISLAMABAD: The Federal government has decided not to increase the salaries of employees of 18 departments by 25 per cent.

According to the Finance Ministry, the salaries of the employees working in the Presidency, Prime Minister House, Senate, National Assembly, Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), health department, Information Bureau (IB), high courts, Islamabad Police, Motorway Police, and Airport Security Force (ASF) will not be raised.

National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Parliamentary Affairs Division and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) departments also include in the list.

The summary will be presented in the tomorrow Cabinet meeting for the approval.

Employees who are already receiving 100% ad hoc relief will also not get an increase in their salaries, according to the summary.

Meanwhile, the government on Thursday announced a 25 per cent increase on “ad-hoc” basis in the salaries of employees from grades 1 to 19 at the federal departments.

The announced was made during a press conference jointly addressed by Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan who is part of a committee formed to resolve the issue. Interior Minister Shaikh Rasheed said that the federal government will issue directives to the provinces about the settlement of the matter with employees. The government committee had decided in the meeting to release all the arrested individuals so far.

“The prime minister has talked with the chief ministers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab today, hopefully, the issue will also be resolved at the provincial level,” Pervez Khattak, another member of the government committee, said during a media talk.

“An up-gradation for all employees has been decided in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab,” Khattak added that “It will start in June after the budget. The Adhoc release will merge in their pay scales in June budget,” he said.

The defence minister further added that the committee had decided upon the process of up-gradation for all government employees which would be carried out after the budget announcement in June. A decision on promoting employees based on time-scale approval had also been taken. A policy would be made for it and a procedure would be set.

As previously, the Islamabad police fired tear gas shells at protesting government employees during their demonstration at D-Chowk. Hundreds of government employees assembled at D-Chowk to protest for higher salaries. The government employees were gathered at D-Chowk and planned to march towards Parliament House. The police fired tear gas shells to stop them from marching.

The employee demands to increase salaries, pensions, and other allowances. The government employees were also protesting the income disparities between various federal government employees. They have been demanding a 40% increase in their salaries.

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