ISLAMABAD: The government to propose suitable increase in salaries of government employees in the upcoming budget 2020/2021, said a statement issued by the Finance Division on Thursday.
In response to the strike call by the Secretariat employees for raising their salaries the ministry of finance has held meetings with the federal government employees to assure them that their proposals will be duly considered and proposed to the government in the next budget.
In a statement issued here Thursday, the Finance Division has said that on the instructions of Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance & Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, separate meetings of Secretary Finance as well as Special Secretary Finance had been held with the protesting employees to get a full understanding and awareness of the financial constraints and problems of the government employees due to the inflation.
The statement said that the government understood and acknowledged the difficulties and economic constraints faced by the federal government employees and in view of their inputs obtained in the meetings held, proposal for a suitable raise in their salaries would be prepared by factoring in the overall economic situation, and available fiscal space and incorporated in the upcoming Federal Budget 2020-21.
In another statement, the ministry of finance denied a news report published in a section of the press suggesting and insinuating a Rs 100 billion cut in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) for the current fiscal year as per briefing by the Finance Secretary to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue the other day.
The Finance Division strongly denies and rebuts this news report as the Secretary Finance never stated at any point during his presentation to the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Finance and Revenue that there could be cut in the federal development programme this year, said an official statement issued by the Finance Division today.
The statement asserted that the Finance Division has actually facilitated maximum and speedy disbursements for the year and there is no cut planned or suggested in the development spending for the current fiscal year. The Finance Division has always provided full support to Planning Division to ensure timely expenditure, said the statement.