Govt unveils 50% rise in pay allowances

Published: July 6, 2010

Revision not to affect civil servants who were entitled to earlier benefits.

ISLAMABAD: Civil servants will enjoy up to a 50 per cent increase in “night duty, daily and special pay allowances” from July 1 as the government unveiled measures to provide relief to inflation-stricken employees.

The revision, announced through a finance ministry notification, came in special pay allowances for the new financial year 2010-11, which were not announced in the federal budget. The ministry also notified grant of ad hoc allowance at the rate of 50 per cent of the existing basic pay and medical allowance, announced on June 5.

After 50 per cent ad-hoc allowance to all government servants, the maximum basic salary of a basic pay scale 1 employee would be Rs5,280. On the other end of the spectrum, an additional secretary of BPS-21 would be drawing a maximum basic salary of Rs74,520 after taking into account the 50 per cent increase in basic pay.

The secretary in Grade 22 – the highest post – would be pulling in a maximum salary of Rs 83,205, a jump of Rs 27,735 at the level of 2008.

The 50 per cent increase will be applicable at the pay scales of 2008.

After taking into account all the allowances, the take home salary of a BPS 1 employee would be over Rs8,000 and of Grade-22 over Rs125,000.

The government had announced it would partly implement the report of the Pay and Pension Commission during the financial year. The commission, headed by former central bank governor Dr Ishrat Husain, had recommended overhauling the civil services to bring it at par with the private sector in three years  – a move that would cost the kitty over Rs400 billion.

The notification stated that the 50 per cent ad-hoc allowance would not be admissible to personnel of the armed forces, civil armed forces, ICT Police, National Highways and Motorways Police and the other departments who have already been allowed an allowance equal to one month’s basic pay.

According to the notification, the special pay of private secretaries to a minister, a state minister, secretary, and additional secretary and to personal assistants of a minister, a state minister, secretary, additional secretaries and joint secretaries have been increased by 100 per cent.

The special pay of a PS to a minister has been raised to Rs 1,000 from Rs500. A secretary’s PS would be entitled to Rs800 per month special pay.

Daily allowances

The government also increased daily allowances within the country from 65 per cent to 100 per cent. The daily ordinary allowance for the lowest scale category employees have been increased to Rs200 from Rs

125 and the special daily allowance has been raised by 100 per cent. The special daily allowance is only admissible when a public servant travels to metropolitan cities. The employees in the basic pay scale of 12 to 16 would now be entitled to Rs500 ordinary daily allowance and Rs600 special daily allowance.

The night duty allowance for clerks and assistants has been increased to Rs40 per night from Rs10 while for staff car drivers and dispatchers daily night allowance has been fixed at Rs25 from Rs5.

Conveyance charges

Similarly, conveyance charges for late sitting on working days have been fixed at Rs50 per day for all civil servants. Earlier, the rate was between Rs 12 and Rs15 depending upon the scale. On holidays the late sitting charges have been determined at Rs 75 per day from Rs 18 per day.

Special medical allowance

For the first time the government has introduced special medical allowance for civil pensioners of the federal government.  Pensioners who retired in the basic pay scale of 1 to 15 will be entitled to 25 per cent medical allowance of the pension drawn. Pensioners who retired in the BPS 16 to 22 will avail 20 per cent medical allowance of the pension drawn.

However, the government has discontinued the existing facility of reimbursement of amounts spent on account of purchase of medicines by the retired government servants and on the purchase of medicines. The facility of consultation and diagnostic investigation at outpatient departments of hospitals will continue.

The finance ministry has also notified the minimum pension of Rs3,000 per month for the retired government employees and Rs2250 per month for the widows of government employees. The government also sanctioned ad-hoc allowance to the re-employed sanction officers. The increase has been granted over the fixes basic pay of Rs 24465.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 6th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • qasim
    Jul 6, 2010 - 11:02AM

    Why the salaries of the private secretaries to a minister, a state minister, secretary, and additional secretary and to personal assistants of a minister, a state minister, secretary, additional secretaries and joint secretaries have been increased by 100 per cent instead of 50%.Recommend

  • Jul 6, 2010 - 6:39PM

    @ Qasim!
    Because they are the near and dear ones of each other, that’s why they are entitled for this 100% increase absolutely! do you have any doubt?!!!Recommend

  • Meekal Ahmed
    Jul 6, 2010 - 11:15PM

    These pay scales especially at the upper-end give a mileading picture of what all this costs us. We have not added in the monetized value of the perks of office. The cash salary is a small part of the overall cost of keeping these people in a job. Recommend

  • m.sajid
    Jul 10, 2010 - 8:25PM

    govt of punjab is increase the salary of rescue 1122 employes in the budget 2010 2011? if it increase how much increse? give me answer in detail Recommend

  • ahmad bilal
    Jul 11, 2010 - 10:33AM

    why the daily allowance of emolyees 17-22 has not been increased?Recommend

  • parvez
    Jul 12, 2010 - 10:20AM

    Why there is no increase in travelling allowance which is Rs.1 per Kilometer.Recommend

  • Jul 12, 2010 - 12:35PM

    Thanks for the opportunity given for comment.
    Every nation respect its elders but here the elders (pensioners)have
    been forced to lick the mud.Will the govt embrace them give them equal
    treatment as given to the sitting employees as the put a lot of service for the nation.Recommend

  • Muhammad Shah
    Jul 12, 2010 - 2:09PM

    A.A,
    please publish the notification of 50% increase in pay of Civil Servants of Punjab in the website and please copy of the same at the portal, pleaseRecommend

  • Jul 15, 2010 - 12:54PM

    notification of increase of pay Punjab civil servant 50% 2010Recommend

  • Ranopaal
    Jul 15, 2010 - 4:00PM

    A.A,
    please publish the notification of 50% increase in pay of Civil Servants of Punjab in the website and please copy of the same at the portal, please

    THANKS.
    Recommend

  • inayat ullah
    Jul 19, 2010 - 4:28PM

    It is not understood why the govt has not given medical allowance to retired armed forces pensioners. The retired army persons are living in far flung area and they have no medical facility available. It is unfair that the people who has given their best to the nation have been ignored and the civilian pensioners have been rewarded suitably. I request that orders should be issued immediately for the medical allowance of armed forces pensioners also.Recommend

  • PROF. TAHIR JAFRI
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:40AM

    I am happy to know that to know that salary of regular Government employees by 50% but somewhat sad to know increase of just 15 to 20% increase in pension of the retired Government employees.It is on the record that the government has been making equal increase in pay and pension since last 62 years. This tradition continued during the dictatorial rules and even last ruler General Perwaiz Musharraf and not deprived retired government servants of this increase. The price of basic commodities like sugar, flour, electricity, gas and everything ios touching sky high. It has become very difficult for the common man to buy even food items for his family. 15 – 20% increase in pension is nothing in the present prevailing situation as the rates of daily use have been increased manifold as the retired government are unable to meet the theirvroutine expenditure. I appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to do justice to them and allow at least 50% increase in pension of retired governmment employees and 20 -25% medical allowance.
    The special request is made to the Chief justice of Pakistan Chaudhry Iftikhar to take SouMoto action in this regard in the interest of justice.Recommend

  • Jul 23, 2010 - 11:01AM

    a ramarkable step by the govt. we should be thankful to the govt.Recommend

  • Jul 23, 2010 - 11:05AM

    A remarkable step by the govt. We should be thank to the govt.Recommend

  • Faheem Junejo
    Jul 23, 2010 - 12:44PM

    I am happy to know that salary of regular Government employees by 50% but somewhat sad to know increase of just 15 to 20% increase in pension of the retired Government employees and widows.It is on the record that the government has been making equal increase in pay and pension since last 62 years. I want to ask everyone of Parliament Members why not increase amount of Widows fund (Benevolent Fund). Please thing and do something about widows of government employees which was death during service.
    I appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to do justice to them and allow at least 50% increase in pension of retired government employees / widows which death during service and 20 -25% medical allowance
    The special request is made to the Chief justice of Pakistan Chaudhry Iftikhar to take SouMoto action in this regard in the interest of justice.Recommend

  • IJAZ SHAHID & MADAM FARAH
    Jul 24, 2010 - 11:27PM

    Please send us Punjab Government’s notification of salary increase 2010 through mail. We are waiting for your early reply. Can you take initative?Recommend

  • SYED TAHIR ALI
    Jul 28, 2010 - 9:42PM

    It is on the record that the government has been making equal increase in pay and pension since last 62 years. This tradition continued during the dictatorial rules and even last ruler General Perwaiz Musharraf and not deprived retired government servants of this increase. The price of basic commodities like sugar, flour, electricity, gas and everything ios touching sky high. It has become very difficult for the common man to buy even food items for his family. 15 – 20% increase in pension is nothing in the present prevailing situation as the rates of daily use have been increased manifold as the retired government are unable to meet the theirvroutine expenditure. I appeal to President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan to do justice to them and allow at least 50% increase in pension of retired governmment employees likewise the increase of 50% has been made in the salaries of ptresently serving government employees.Recommend

  • sarfraz ahmad naz paracha
    Jul 29, 2010 - 12:22PM

    i do agree with all the comments andrequest the govt to do justice with pensioners for Allah’s sake.Recommend

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