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Upgrade of govt employees’ pay scales to cost Rs4bn

Upgrade of govt employees’ pay scales to cost Rs4bn

ISLAMABAD: The upgrade of the federal government employees’ pay scales in the budget will cost Rs4 billion per annum to the exchequer.

Under the decision, the scale of lower division clerk (LDC) had been raised to BS-9 from BS-7, upper division clerk (UDC) to BS-11 from BS-9, assistant to BS-16 from BS-14 and assistant in charge to BS-16 from BS-15.

The government has also upgraded the posts of Khateebs in Auqaf Directorate of Islamabad Capital Territory from BS-12 to BS-15, Moazzin and Muddaris to BS-7 from BS-5 and Khadim to BS-6 from BS-5.

The relief measures announced in the budget for the government employees envisage a substantial raise for them. This is believed to be one of pre-election decisions ahead of the next polls. All these measures will cost around Rs60bn.

The ad hoc increases in salary announced in 2013 and 2014 will be merged into the pay scales and a 10pc ad hoc relief allowance on running basic pay has been allowed to all federal government employees with effect from July 1.

A compensatory allowance of Rs300 per month will be paid to personnel of the civil armed forces posted in border areas instead of the earlier Rs50-210.

The unattractive area/compensatory allowance for Chitral, Dir, Hazara division, Swat and Malakand will be at par with the rates allowed by the Khyber Pakhutnkhwa government.

Moreover, a Rs1000 per month special conveyance allowance for disabled employees has been announced. The integrated allowance for Qasids, Naib Qasids and Daftries has been increased from Rs300 to Rs450 per month.

The outfit allowance for army officers on their secondment to civil armed forces and reversion to the military has been revised from Rs800 to Rs2,500 and from Rs500 to Rs2,000, respectively.

The late sitting conveyance charges have been increased by 50pc for BS 1-15; washing and dress allowances for BS 1-4 have been raised from Rs100 to Rs150.

An M.Phil allowance at 25pc of PhD allowance — Rs2,500 per month — will be paid to federal government employees on the pattern of the Punjab government.

The ceiling of the additional charge/deputation allowance has been revised from Rs6,000 to Rs12,000 for identical as well as non-identical posts.

The government has also allowed risk and special risk allowance equal to one-month initial basic pay of the 2008 pay scales.

A 10pc raise for all pensioners of the federal government will also come into effect from July 1, as well as a 25pc increase for those above the age of 85 years. Ex-gratia pension allowed to pensioners of former East Pakistan has been increased from Rs2,000 to Rs6,000 and family pension from Rs1,000 to Rs4,500.

The limit of investment for pensioners, senior citizens and widows in the Bahbood scheme of National Savings is being increased from Rs4 million to Rs5m.

Published in Dawn, June 7th, 2016

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