ISLAMABAD: Employees of the Planning Ministry staged a protest rally in Islamabad to call for a 150 percent raise in their executive allowances.
Details indicate that a protest rally against the Finance Ministry was planned by the employees of the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives from Block-P to Block-Q.
The slogans and demands of the protesters were written on banners and placards carried by the protesters. They demanded that executive allowances be increased by 150 percent. The demonstration interfered with the ministry’s business.
If their demands are not met, the protesters have threatened to boycott meetings of the ministry, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council, and other venues.
The employees asserted that the finance division disregarded the directives of the federal cabinet and that only a select group of bureaucrats received the executive stipend.
The protesters claimed that the finance division’s letter was a willful violation of the Cabinet’s decision and said that starting tomorrow, they would organise daily protests lasting two hours.
Until the government complies with their demands, the protesters have additionally threatened to boycott office work starting on Monday. Additionally, they have chosen to file a lawsuit opposing the Finance Division’s notification.
In the midst of an economic crisis, the federal government decided earlier in July to provide an executive allowance to government officers in grades 17 to 22.
According to the notification, government officers in grades 17 to 22 will receive an executive allowance equal to 150% of their basic salary.
According to informed sources, all officers in grades 17 to 22 in the establishment division will receive an allowance. The Federal Secretariat, PM Office, and President Secretariat officers will also receive allowances, according to the notification.