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Case of secretariat employees: Centre claims it was not consulted by provinces

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ISLAMABAD: Federal authorities has alleged that provinces have bypassed it in revising pay and wage packages of their secretariat employees, which is unprecedented and towards the norms.

The federal secretariat workers had been staging protests for a number of days to revise their pay packages to deliver them at par with the provincial secretariat workers, which grew to become a humiliation for the federal authorities.

Whereas briefing the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, Adviser to Prime Minister on Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh stated that revision of pay packages of secretariat workers by the provinces with out session with the federal authorities was unprecedented and towards the norms.

The Finance Division will, nonetheless, holistically evaluate the pay package deal for federal authorities workers and suggest revisions within the upcoming price range, Shaikh stated.

Nearly all of cabinet members had been of the view that though the demand of federal secretariat workers, to revise pay packages at par with provinces, had its advantage the choice shouldn’t be made by caving in to strain as it could set a unsuitable precedent.

The cabinet members acknowledged that the distinction in salaries was not simply stoking discontentment and apathy among the many federal secretariat workers however was additionally the explanation behind federal authorities dropping succesful officers to the provincial governments.

A number of the cabinet members additionally highlighted the parallel wage constructions inside the federal authorities, which is including to the discontentment of disadvantaged workers.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Husain knowledgeable that the matter was mentioned within the Secretaries’ Committee, and subsequently by the Implementation Committee on Institutional Reforms, which forwarded two choices to the Finance Division, the place it was nonetheless pending.

Earlier than taking over the formal agenda, the minster for training {and professional} coaching drew the eye of the members of cabinet to the continued protest by the workers of Federal Secretariat.

It was delivered to the discover of the cabinet that the provincial governments had given good-looking extra allowances to their officers and employees, which had resultantly precipitated disparity in pay packages in comparison with the Federal Secretariat.

Updating on elimination of “balloting clause” from recruitment guidelines of Grade 1 to five workers, the cupboard secretary knowledgeable that the approval of cabinet had been obtained via circulation and the Institution Division can be issuing the revised coverage.

At this level a number of the cabinet members pointed to the mushrooming of second-rate testing companies, which had been flouting advantage and selling corrupt practices. It was highlighted that PPRA Guidelines bind the organisations to pick the bottom bidding testing company, which resulted in compromising on high quality.

It was additional identified that candidates needed to deposit charges a number of instances for comparable nature of positions as every organisation had completely different testing company. This prohibitive price construction wanted to be reviewed by introducing a standardised check in order to ease the burden on poor candidates.

Hassan Zia is an accomplished News writer & working journalist in the industry for over 5 years. At Pakistan print media he established his skills in writing and publishing multiple news stories of daily reporting beats ranging from crime, drama, business, entertainment. An activist at heart Zia believes in sensitizing audiences on issues of social justice and equality. Using powerful technique of storytelling on humanistic themes: women, children, labor, peace & diversity etc. his work underpins the causes he’s concerned about. Besides being known for his activism and community work Zia is also associated with renowned universities as a visiting faculty member for over 3 years now. His academic background is a Masters in Mass in Communication.