PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday announced 15 per cent increase in salary of provincial government employees and 15 per cent increase in pension as well.
Finance Minister Taimur Salim Jhagra announced the increase in salary and pension of provincial employees while presenting the provincial budget 2022-2023.
The minister announced Rs15 percent increase in salaries and pension of all the government employees, Rs15 percent ad-hoc relief allowance, adding the increase for grade1-19 employees besides DRA allowance.
He said risk allowance of police officials from grade 7-16 have been increased and was brought at par of DRA in line with the police martyrs package.
The Finance Minister Taimur Salim Jhagra said that Rs447.9 billion would be spent on salaries including Rs372.1 billion in settled districts and Rs75.8 billion through merged tribal districts while Rs107 billion on pension including Rs106 billion in settled districts and Rs one billion in merged tribal districts.
He said 100 percent increase in pension expenditure have been witnessed in last couple of years, adding expenditure of pensions, which was only one percent of total KP budget expenditure in 2003-04 ie Rs0.87 billion has jumped to 14.7percent ie Rs90 billion in 2021-2022.
He said amendment in KP Civil Servant Act 1973 has been made under which contributory and provident fund were increased for newly recruited employees under contributory pension scheme under which either lumsum amount one time or long terms investment offer would be given to retired employees.
As many as services of 63,0000 employees would be regularized including 675 adhoc doctors from July 1, 2002, regularization of 58,0000 teachers and 4079 employees of 128 projects of erstwhile Fata during 2022-2023.