Mansehra: Erra yet to pay 7-month salaries to 550 employees

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Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (Erra) employees serving the forest and police departments were not paid their pending salaries even on Eidul Azha.
The Erra has appointed 550 retired army men in the Police Department and 50 employees in the Forest Department in Oghi town but they have been going without salaries for the last seven months.
“I could not purchase even shoes and clothes for my children on Eidul Azha as I haven’t been paid my salary for seven consecutive months because Erra did not release the money to the Forest Department,” said one of the affectees serving in the Forest Department on the condition of anonymity.
He said that Forest Department employees had decided to move the court if their salaries were not released next month.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Hazara under Erra’s security and skill programme had appointed about 550 ex-servicemen to provide security to the national and international NGOs working in the October 8, 2005 earthquake-hit districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on contract but their salaries were not paid for the last seven months.
About 50 employees were appointed in the Forest department in the same pattern.
The sources said that owing to financial constraints, Erra was unable to pay the monthly salaries of these employees even after seven months.
Erra Chairman Saleem Altaf during his recent visit to Mansehra had announced that the employees’ salaries would be released soon, but it hasn’t happened yet.

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