Minimum wage non-compliance


PRIME Minister Shehbaz Sharif in his first address on the floor of National Assembly had announced to increase the minimum salary from Rs 18,000 to Rs 25000, however, regrettably, there are certain departments including Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), which are yet to implement the decision.

This is not the first time that a decision made at the top level has not been implemented despite the passage of sufficient time.

Especially in the case of salary enhancement, this discrimination has always been prevalent that raise is given to some public sector departments whilst others are ignored under one pretext or another.

Apart from non-compliance of minimum wage, employees of several organizations are also awaiting the payment of twenty five percent and fifteen percent disparity allowance announced by the previous government of PTI.

It has been seen that the disparity allowance and minimum wage have been enforced in the ministries but have been denied to the employees of their attached departments, citing the reason of lack of funds.

Such an attitude disheartens the employees and they do not take their job seriously. The price hike has affected all the employees in the last one year or so.Hence this injustice must come to an end.

We will ask Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to personally look into the matter and direct the Finance Ministry to ensure compliance of orders regarding the minimum wage as well as the disparity allowance.

Regardless of consuming almost about one and a half years, Pay and Pension Commission has also failed to come up with its recommendations.

As the budget is to be presented in the next few days, the government must ask the Commission to submit its recommendations for incorporation in the budget.

Focus must be on bringing a uniform pay structure for all the organizations.Doing so will also contribute towards improving good governance.