Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, President PPP Punjab, has demanded that salaries and pensions of the serving and retired government servants should be raised to 25% to offset the impact of the unprecedented price hike during the one year of this government.
He called upon that the raise should be substantial to the non-gazetted civil servants as compare to the higher grades officers of the hierarchy. This he said in a statement issued here today.
He said that the government servants being the fixed income segment of the society were the worst hit because the food inflation had squeezed the poor government servants dry who were terrified as how to cope with the price escalation that had become routine than exception.
He recalled that the PPP government had always given incentives to the government servants with a view to bolster their morale which was important to improve their efficiency and quality of life.
He pointed out that the PPP previous democratic government increased the salaries of the civil servants up to 125% during its period of five years and their comfort level with day-to-life was fairly satisfactory as a result.
He said that on the contrary the present government’s apathy towards the government servants was appalling as the surge in inflation had devoured the real value of their meager income and they were finding it increasingly difficult to maintain the subsistence level.
He observed that the parsimonious of the government for the marginalized people was limitless pushing them to the wall to go out to the streets for protest. On the contrary the government showered the favoures of more than 300 billion rupees to the industrialists and capitalists by waiving off duties and taxes in the recent past.
He again urged upon the government to treat justly to the retired government servants and the proposed raise in their pensions should not be less than the serving government servants in the next year budget.
He argued that the government servants serving against the standing position did enjoy the perks and privileges attached to the post but retired people dependence on their pension was total and therefore deserved favorable treatment.
Moreover, they had served the country with their blood and toil and therefore deserve a fair deal measuring up to their dignity, he maintained.