IHC issues notices to Cabinet, Finance Secretaries

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Principals being denied fruit of monetization policy

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—The Islamabad High Court has issued notices to the cabinet and finance secretaries in a case regarding denial of monetization policy (for transport facility) to the grade-20 principals and senior professors of various colleges working under federal government.
Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani of the IHC while hearing a petition by principals of various colleges of the federal government issued notices to the federal secretaries to explain as to why principals of federal colleges were being deprived of the monetization policy despite the fact it was launched for officers of the grade-20 working in the federal government.
The petitioners through Haseeb Shakoor Paracha have submitted before the honorable court that the government introduced policy of monetization for transport in December 2011. The purpose of the policy as was given by the government initially to discourage unlimited use of transport and excessive use of petrol, etc. According to this policy, grade-20 officers would get a lump-sum amount of Rs65,960 per month and they would be entitled to use this amount as per their discretion.
Principals and senior teachers being officers of BPS-20 were also included in this policy and they kept receiving the amount from January 2012 to January 2016. However, principals and professors of grade-21 and above were excluded from this policy.
The petitioners’ counsel drew the court’s attention to the fact that a steering committee of the National Assembly in a meeting in January this year led to this act of the government thus depriving the respectable teachers and professors of the government colleges from the benefits of monetization policy.
Under the steering committee’s decision, principals and teachers above grade-21 were being given Rs5000 transport allowance as opposed to the amount of Rs65,960 under monetization policy.
The worthy steering committee did not deem the professors and principals either as officers equal to those sitting in the federal secretariat and other departments or to them education department was not equal to other departments of the government, said the counsel. This act of the government falls under discrimination against the most respectable segment of society.
After hearing the arguments the court issued notices to the finance and cabinet secretaries directing them to submit their reply within a fortnight.

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