LAHORE (June 15, 2011) : Punjab Finance Secretary Muhammad Tariq Bajwa, on Wednesday, assured that ‘Big City Allowance’ (BCA) would be provided to teachers of city district government schools within seven days.
Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court (LHC) postponed for June 23 the hearing on a contempt petition by four headmasters in schools of city district government for payment of BCA. Earlier, the judge had summoned secretaries for finance and local government schools for June 15.
The petition had been filed by Government High School Raiwind Road Senior Headmaster, Abdul Rasheed, in which he had said that he had been serving in the government school for a long time.
He submitted that the local government and community development secretary had issued a notification on June 29, 2005, with regards to provision of BCA to all teachers serving within the limits of city district government.
He said that even after issuance of the notification, the allowance was never given to the teachers, consequently a petition was filed in the LHC. He said that the LHC single bench on November 14, 2008, while accepting the petition, had directed the finance secretary to issue notification for the grant of allowance to the petitioners. He said the secretary had filed an intra-court appeal against the single bench’s order but it had been dismissed. The petitioner said that now the order of the single bench has attained finality as no any other appeal was pending before the Supreme Court or high court.