ISLAMABAD: Federal government has decided to withdraw a decision to increase salaries of the government employees announced by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif soon after getting elected to the slot.
The confirmation came from former Finance Minister during PML-N tenure Miftah Ismail who denied in a message on Twitter that it was a U-turn.
Giving justification of the decision, Miftah Ismail said that since salaries of the federal government employees were raised a couple of months ago, they are not raising them again.
He, however, said that the salary issues will be considered in the next budget. “Meanwhile we raised pensions of retired government employees,” he added.
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar also commented on the retreat from the federal government and said that Imran Khan led government raised salaries by 35 percent last year and 15 percent this year.
The PM-elect announced a 10% increase in pension, and raised the minimum wage rate at Rs25,000 while announcing what he termed “urgent relief for the poor and downtrodden”.
He also announced to revive his signature laptop programme for students and for Ramadan relief, Shehbaz announced that, with provinces’ cooperation, he will bring the “Sasta Aata” (subsidized flour) scheme for the poor.