Two thousand (2000) employees of the Pakistan Railways (PR) are eagerly waiting for their travelling allowance (TA), which has not been paid to them for the last five months. They have appealed to the concerned authorities to take immediate steps for payment of their arrears so that they could celebrate Eidul Azha.
On the other hand, well-placed sources told ‘The News’ that that the Pakistan Railways has been facing financial crunch and that is why employees have not been paid their travelling allowance for the last five months.
Talking to ‘The News,’ Waheed Akram, a railway employee, said that all low-paid employees of the Pakistan Railways have been facing a hard time because of high inflation. “Our travelling allowance is a major help for us, but we are waiting for this financial support for the last five months. We have to celebrate Eidul Azha, but it seems impossible for us, as most of us couldn’t afford to buy sacrificial animals within our limited salaries, he added. He said that the high officials should take notice and release our travelling allowance so that they could celebrate Eidul Azha with full zeal.
Ali Raza, another employee, said: “We are performing our duties honestly and if the department is facing financial loss then this is not our fault. It is the responsibility of policy-makers and we are suffering because of them.” He said that the government should take serious notice and release travelling allowance as soon as possible.
When ‘The News’ contacted the official spokesman for the Ministry of Railways, Shahid Mehmood, he said that the issue of travelling allowance of employees is pending because of shortage of funds. The department would release the allowance as soon as they would receive funds. He also said that there are some chances that employees would get their salaries after Eid, but the final decision would be announced after the meeting.
(TheNews Published on November 11, 2010)