(Published in Daily English “The News” on Wednesday, December 15, 2010)
Karachi: NHA Employees Protest Against Suspension of their Project Allowance
Employees of the National Highway Authority (NHA) Karachi office on Tuesday held a protest demonstration on Sharea Faisal against the suspension of their project allowance on the directives of the Public Accounts Committee.
The NHA employees briefly suspended vehicular traffic on Sharah-e Faisal, causing the traffic to jam on of the city’s busiest arteries. However, the traffic police personnel intervened in a timely manner and confined the protestors to just in front of their office.
The protesting NHA employees chanted slogans against the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Ch. Nisar Ali Khan and accused him of creating problems for them due to his own personal grudge against the Pakistan People’s Party.
Earlier, the PAC of the National Assembly, which is led-by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan of the PML-N, had directed NHA officials to recover Rs337 million which the authority had paid to its regular employees after some irregularities were discovered.
On the occasion, State Minister Imitiaz Safdar Warraich spoke to protesting employees over the phone and assured them that he would talk to the Chairman of the NHA to get the issue resolved.
NHA employees said the project allowance, which was being paid to employees from BPS-1 to BPS-22 was suspended on the directives from NHA. As a result, employees had been facing financial problems. After the State Minister’s assurance, the employees called off their protest.