Sindh Govt not releasing funds for 15% increment in salaries: Wasim Akhtar

Sindh Govt not releasing funds for 15% increment in salaries: Wasim Akhtar

Pak Chronicle Report


Karachi Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar Tuesday said that Sindh government has not released funds for 15 per cent increment in salaries of employees announced in the budget 2019-20 whereas 5591 retired have been waiting for their dues since 2015.

Addressing to Finance departments officers, the Mayor said that there is shortfall of Rs 165 million in the head of employees’ salaries and pensions every month, stated a press release issued by Media Department, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC).

Senior Director Coordination Masood Alam, Financial Advisor Riaz Khatri, Director Welfare Mehmood Baig, Law Advisor Azra Muqeem and other officials were also present on the occasion.

Akhtar said that even those doctors and paramedics who are combating the Covid-19 from the front line at hospitals under administrative control of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation are deprived of increment. “I have approached Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah for many times but to no avail,” he added.

He said that old, ill, women and other retired employees daily visit KMC office with a hope to get their dues cleared but went back without getting anything as there is shortage of funds with KMC. “They served Karachi and Pakistan for so many years and now struggling for their dues, it should have not been happened , he said.

The Mayor said that the shortfall in salaries is covered with revenue every month but the same has almost been finished due to lockdown. The KMC employees especially the health workers, rescue workers, fire fighters are performing their duties with courage even during the pandemic.

He was of the view that the issue of employees’ salaries was put up before the Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah during the meeting who assured to sign the summary at the earliest. “We have to pay Rs 3.35 billion to retired employees who have been waiting for their dues since 2015. He directed finance department to take meaures for increasing revenue of the department, adding municipal services bill should also be collected from the citizens.

The preparation and discussion for next year’s budget was held in the meeting and the participants were told that last year’s development schemes could not be completed on time due shortage of funds . The amount should be allocated for completion of last year’s schemes.

The participants were informed that UC Chairmen and head of KMC different departments have also suggested schemes of roads and sewerage for their areas. New schemes for KMC’s parks department, General Administration, Municipal Utility and others would be incorporated in the budget 2019-20, concluded the press releases.


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