Federal govt employees stage sit-in in Islamabad for pay raise
Islamabad (Friday, March 01, 2013) – Hundreds of government employees working in Pak Secretariat staged protest demonstration and sit-in on Friday for 100 percent increase in their salaries like other government departments.
They staged a sit-in in front of the main gate of Pak Secretariat and locked all the gates of the Secretariat due to which senior officials, journalists and visitors became hostage for over four hours. Especially, the female employees and visitors faced severe problems due to closures of the gates, as the protesters denied their repeated requests to allow them to go out.
Earlier, they stage a sit-in in front of Ministry of Finance, but secretary finance did not pay any heed to their demands.
They chanted slogans for increase in their salaries and threatened that they would prolong their protest, if the government failed to fulfill their demands. Heavy contingent of police was deployed on the occasion to avert any untoward incident.
Chaudhary Mukhtar Ahmad, President All Pakistan Secretariat Employees Union, demanded of the government to increase their pay like police, IB, FBR, Supreme Court, National Assembly, Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) and other government departments employees.
He said that government employees would continue their protest till their demands are met.
Later, Acting Secretary Ministry of Finance Abdul Khaliq met the protesters and assured them that the government would fulfill their demands on immediate basis, upon which the protestors peacefully dispersed and opened the gates of Pak Secretariat, which they kept locked for more than four hours.