HYDERABABD: The Federation of All Pakistan Public Sector Universities Administrative Officers Association (FAPPUAOA) has asked the government to address the inequalities meted out to the public sector universities' officers across Pakistan.
In a letter addressed to the chairperson of the Pay and Pension Commission of the Finance Division, Wajid Rana, the association called for a 50 per cent increase in basic salary in the upcoming financial year, citing high inflation.
FAPPUAOA chairperson Muhammad Tahir Khan said the pay scale revision should be ensured in the next budget by including all the admissible allowances in the basic pay. According to him, the pay scales were last revised 14 years ago, in 2006, and since then their due right for the upgrade has not been granted.
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He contended that the upgrade of the non-teaching staff should be brought at par with the teaching faculty in the varsities. "We urge the federal government to take notice of such injustice and announce to make the basic pay scales of officers equal to the academic staff forthwith."
He said that research and medical officers with more than 18 years of education, especially those with MBBS qualifications, had lower basic pay scales than academic staff, claiming that the officers' qualifications and job descriptions were commensurate with teaching faculty and so they deserved equal pay scales.
"We don't accept separate basic pay scales of specialised departments, cadres and occupations. There has to be uniformity at all levels of federal and provincial government institutions."