Daily Dawn Updates on Unified/Revised Pay Scales 2012

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Daily Dawn Updates on Unified/Revised Pay Scales 2012

Pay commission calls for doing away with salary distortions
Islamabad (Daily Dawn / October 20, 2012) – Pay and Pension Commission has sought an end to payment of ‘special’ salaries to employees of institutions like the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and recommended that a government official’s various allowances be merged to form a pay package that reflected his or her true monthly income.

The proposal is aimed at ensuring equal treatment of all civil servants.

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Pay Commission for Unified Pay Scales – DAWN 20-10-2012

A meeting of the commission chaired by former State Bank governor Dr Ishrat Hussain here on Friday was attended by former secretary-general of finance division Naveed Ahson, adviser to finance ministry Rana Asad Amin and additional finance secretaries of the four provinces.

Dr Hussain told Dawn that he wanted to get promotions and salary raises linked to performance through introduction of a proper performance manual system instead of the traditional annual confidential reports. He said that use of seniority as the basis for promotions “does not differentiate between a horse and a donkey when it comes to rewarding performance and output”.

“The entire salary structure needs to be changed so that salaries are uniform but performance-based. They should not be awarded on the basis of the location of posting,” he remarked.

Dr Hussain said the salary structure should do away with the doubling or tripling of the allowances for those working, for instance, in the Prime Minister’s Secretariat or Federal Board of Revenue.

He said the commission had recommended that various allowances of a civil servant be integrated so that his/her pay package clearly showed what the government was paying to him or her. Citing an example, he said talented youngsters often refused to join a government department in grade 17 when they were told that their salary would be Rs20,000 per month, without realising that their take home salary might be more than Rs50,000 a month.

Dr Hussain said the commission had opposed the way the policy called ‘monetisation of transport facility’ was implemented.

“A good idea (monetisation of transport) was botched up during the implementation phase,” he said.

Under the policy as implemented by the government, the authorities were not just giving away huge cash compensations but vehicles as well. “That is absolutely wrong,” said the former governor of State Bank.

The pay commission had recommended that the practice of giving vehicles to civil servants should be done away with, he said.

The revised pay structures would be applicable neither to personnel of the armed forces nor to members of the judiciary, a source said.

The government wanted to introduce the revised structure with effect from Jan 1, 2013, to send a positive signal to the bureaucrats before the elections.

The commission has noted that in secretariats of the president and prime minister the salaries are often 200 per cent greater than other departments, due to special allowances paid to officials working there. This not only causes anxiety but also encourages ‘political hobnobbing’.

The commission has directed the regulation wing of the finance ministry and provincial governments to design salary packages in a manner so that distortion in salaries is removed. They have been asked to submit their reports within three weeks for consideration of the commission during its next meeting.

Sources said that during the meeting Dr Hussain criticised the government for allowing greater enhancements in the salaries than what was recommended earlier by the commission. This served to erode the government’s fiscal space and create fiscal imbalances.

He was also worried over non-implementation of his recommendations regarding creation of special service structures for health, education and police cadres and demanded that all previous recommendations be acted upon by the government.

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10 thoughts on “Daily Dawn Updates on Unified/Revised Pay Scales 2012

  1. azhar shah

    after cited discussion / point of views what you say about all these….. (Yes say only this to present Govt: FuckYou)

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  2. SAJJAD

    the govt. think about it. because audit and accounts department’s employees are drawing very less salaries as compared to other departments. the government should think about to introduce any kind of special allowance like “Audit and Accounts Allowance”.
    due to this they can feel better and can work better with full devotion and honestly.

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  3. Khalid khan

    In pakistan the problem is the performance. Chamcha giri and dishonesty is the best performance. Always the bosses use us for their personal greed and not for the department. God bless us if the salary is linked with performance.

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  4. ikhlas

    I appreciate the all members of the pay committee and their struggle for all employees equal pay in all departments. In fact, huge employees were feeling injustice specially Technical Staff and now they are very happy about this hopefully decision of pay & pension committee, and they all will be thank full of PPP.

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  5. Zabe

    I appreciate the all members of the pay committee and their struggle for all employees equal pay in all departments. In fact, huge employees were feeling injustice specially Technical Staff and now they are very happy about this hopefully decision of pay & pension committee, and they all will be thank full of PPP.

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  6. Dr.Muhammad Hafeez

    I appreciate the all members of the pay committee and their struggle for all employees equal pay in all departments. In fact, huge employees were feeling injustice specially Technical Staff and now they are very happy about this hopefully decision of pay & pension committee, and they all will be thank full of PPP.

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  7. sajid

    I do agree with Khalid Khan….agar performance say link hua tou sirf chaploos aour zameer frosh logo ko hi pay me increase mil skay gee….honest log to mary jain gay….saaf baat hay…no rocket science….

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  8. abc

    jo bhi karna ha jaldi karoo … 2 saal say andon per bethe hua ho …. cited cited cited ke rat lagai hui he .. kya in kamino ko nahi pata ka PM sectt and President sectt walay last july (1 and half year) se double salaries lay rae han … ye kya kartay haain secretariat me jo cited ke rat lagai ha …

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  9. sajid

    I appreciate the all members of the pay committee and their struggle for all employees equal pay in all departments. In fact, huge employees were feeling injustice specially Technical Staff and now they are very happy about this hopefully decision of pay & pension committee, and they all will be thank full of PPP.

    Reply

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