Cabinet raises salaries of parliamentarians

WEB DESK : A meeting of the federal cabinet held with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair on Wednesday increased salaries of the members of the Parliament manifold.

While briefing media persons after the cabinet meeting, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb stated that existing salaries of the members of the Parliament, Rs 44,630, was insufficient to meet their expenditure and inappropriate to their status.

The basic salaries of the public office holders has been increased to suit to their position after merging ad hoc allowances of 2010 and 2016, she added.

Marriyum Aurangzeb told media that the decision to increase the salary would have an impact of Rs400 million on the budget annually.

On a summary moved by the Ministry of Finance, the cabinet decided to increase the salary of the members of Parliament to Rs150,000 from Rs44,630 per month ie an increase of 236 percent.

Salary of the federal ministers has been increased to Rs200,000 from Rs114,897 per month with an increase of 74 per cent while salary of a minister of state with an increase of 69.4 per cent has reached Rs180,000 from Rs106,281 per month.

She added that the basic pay of Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly has been increased by 72.3 per cent to Rs205,000 from Rs119,008 per month, while pay raise for Deputy Chairman Senate and Deputy Speaker National Assembly has been 68 per cent and now they will get Rs185,000 instead of Rs110,085 per month. She said that increase in their salary was inclusive of their ad hoc allowances of 2010 and 2016.

The minister added that the increase was made by taking inflation into account and the decision would be effective from October 1, 2016.

She added the cabinet meeting has also constituted a committee headed by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid and Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch as well as Secretary Finance as its members to suggest amendments in PPRA Rules to make the process speedy and transparent.

The minister of state said the cabinet meeting has also authorised the ministry of health for procurement of immunisation vaccine without following PEPRA Rules but the procurement will be contingent to the UNICEF and the government’s prior approval.

She said that certain vaccines in EPI were facing delay in procurement due to the PPRA Rules and to make the process speedy, immunisation vaccines would now be procured by the health ministry. The ministry has also been allowed to import TB medicines.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the cabinet meeting after detailed discussion on the issue of Afghan refugees decided to repatriate them by December 2017 and strongly condemned violations on the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian army.

She said the cabinet meeting approved nine agreements with six countries and ratified the decision of Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet with directives to circulate the ratified decision to all the ministries to ensure their implementation.

Source : Business Recorder