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Allowance to employees: IHC issues notice to finance secretary

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday issued a show cause notice to secretary ministry of finance Waqar Masood for non-issuance of notification regarding provision of 20 percent allowance to federal employees. The IHC judge, Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, while hearing the case, issued a show cause notice to secretary of ministry of finance and asked him to explain why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against him for the non-issuance of notification relating to the provision of 20 percent allowance to all the employees of the federation.

More than 20 petitions had been filed by the employees of attached departments of federal ministries including the National Centre for Rural Development, National Archives, Federal Flood Commission, Public Works Department, Capital Development Authority, Staff Welfare Organisation, Department of Library and Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, which challenged a notification issued by the finance ministry during the previous government for the approval of a special allowance for employees in federal ministries and the Prime Minister's Secretariat.

The petitioners, who belong to various departments, had maintained in their petitions that the then premier, Raja Pervez Ashraf, had approved a 20 percent special allowance for the employees of federal ministries, but not for them which was discriminatory. The official of ministry of finance took the stance in the court that giving allowance to all the employees would put an extra burden of Rs 50 billion on the national exchequer. Justice Shaukat then enquired how it was possible that the prime minister's announcement benefited some employees while the remaining were abandoned. The court issued a show cause notice to secretary ministry of finance and summoned him on October 9.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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