Cabinet approves disparity reduction allowance

By Staff Reporter
Thursday – February 18, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet decided to increase the basic pay of 2017 by 25 percent, Wednesday, to reduce the gap in the salaries of the employees of various departments of the federal government and to provide relief to the government employees and approved the disparity reduction allowance.

According to a press release, prime minister (PM) Imran Khan chaired a meeting of the federal cabinet in the federal capital.

The increase will be applicable to grades one to 19 and will come into effect from March 1.

At the same time, the cabinet decided that the provincial governments will also be directed to take into account the pay gaps in their departments and take the necessary steps.

The cabinet was informed that time scale promotion is being given in grades one to 16 on the pattern of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

The cabinet was informed that the ad hoc relief allowance is being integrated into the basic salary from July 1, which will provide real benefits to the pensioners.

Talking about the demand for pay hike, PM Khan said that the plight of government employees is fully understood and added that people countrywide have been suffering due to past mismanagement and difficult economic situation.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has added to the economic woes, he grieved.

PM Khan said that keeping in view the economic difficulties of the country, the incumbent regime had launched an austerity drive and it was initiated from the PM’s office.

He said that the government had directed all the ministries to ensure reduction in unnecessary expenditure so as to save the people’s tax money.

PM Khan directed the finance secretary to make public the deficit of all government agencies and the extent of the deficit so that the people have a thorough knowledge of the affairs of the country and that the public should also be kept informed of the progress.

The cabinet was briefed on the status and prevalence of coronavirus.

The cabinet was informed that the number and prevalence of coronavirus cases in the country are declining.

The cabinet was told that the coronavirus vaccine was being administered to frontline workers.

So far, about 50,000 frontline workers have been vaccinated and the process is being accelerated.

The cabinet was informed that 1166 number has been provided for persons above 65 years of age where they can register their identity card for vaccination.

The cabinet was informed that barriers to vaccine imports by the private sector have been removed.

The cabinet was informed that all economic activities will be fully restored from March 1.

PM Khan noted the progress made in giving the right to vote to Pakistanis abroad and the installation of electronic voting machines.

He said that the incumbent regime was committed to making the electoral process fully transparent.

PM Khan directed the electoral reforms committee to identify all the administrative steps required for the installation of electronic voting machines in consultation with the president and to set timelines in this regard.

He said that ensuring full transparency of the electoral process was the top priority of the incumbent regime.

On the issue of enforced disappearances, the cabinet reiterated that the incumbent regime firmly believes in full transparency and rule of law.

PM Khan directed that the process of bringing legislation in parliament in this regard be expedited.

The cabinet took stern notice of the incidents of sexual offences and expressed concern over the reports that came to light in this regard and directed that the implementation of laws and measures be taken to prevent the offences.

The cabinet appreciated the law passed by the incumbent regime to give women their right to property and directed that the process of enacting a law on speedy resolution of property issues of Pakistanis abroad should also be expedited.

The cabinet was also briefed on the progress made so far in relinquishing government lands from the occupation mafia.

The cabinet was briefed on the progress of the Islamabad metro bus project.

The cabinet approved the reconstitution of the board of governors (BoGs) of the Pakistan Institute of Management Karachi.

The cabinet, keeping in view the requirements of the federal service tribunal (FST), Karachi, approved the allotment of 400 square yards of land adjoining the existing building of the FST to the FST so that the official needs of the office could be met.

The decision taken at the meeting of the cabinet committee on institutional reforms on February 4, 2021, was ratified in which it was decided to set up subordinate offices of Accountant General Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) in five ministries.

The cabinet, on the recommendations of the election commission (EC), approved the deployment of Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) troops in NA-221 Tharparkar-I during the by-elections.

The cabinet also approved the appointment of Javed Qureshi as chairperson board of directors (BoDs), Sindh Infrastructure Development Company Limited.