LHC action on withdrawal of computer allowance from Health Reforms Sector employees
LAHORE (March 19, 2012): Justice Muhammad Khalid Mahmood Khan of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought replies from respondents – Punjab finance secretary and accountant general – on a joint petition filed by 32 employees of Health Reforms Sector in Sargodha, challenging withdrawal of computer allowance from their monthly salaries.
The judge directed the respondents to file their replies within the next two weeks.
Sofia Qaiser and 31 other computer operators had moved the petition. The petitioners’ counsel submitted that the Punjab government had, in 2007, recruited them in grade-15 and 12 for three years on contract basis. The counsel submitted that the petitioners’ services were regularised after the chief minister’s order, in 2010, of regularising services of all government employees.
However, he said that soon after regularisation of services, the government stopped their monthly computer allowance. He submitted that Rs 1,000 were reduced from the salaries of BPS-15 employees and Rs 750 from those of BPS-12 employees.
The counsel alleged it was an act of discrimination since the employees of other districts of the province were getting the allowance while the petitioners had been denied this right.
He requested that the government be directed to restart payment of computer allowance to the petitioners, adding that any policy or notification of the government with regards to cutting the allowance be declared unlawful.