Punjab accepts 30pc increase in salaries of govt employees

The Punjab cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Hamza Shehbaz, on Monday approved a 30pc increase in the salaries of government employees with the government all set to table an Rs3.22 trillion budget for fiscal year 2022-23 later today.

During the cabinet meeting today, it was decided to follow the example of the federal government and

merge all ad-hoc relief.

Similarly, the government will also provide a 15pc disparity allowance along with 15pc additional salary, which will be available to employees of certain government departments. The provincial cabinet also approved a 15pc hike in pensions against the proposed increase of 5pc

In addition to approving the Annual Development Programme 2022-23, the meeting also approved the MoU for providing free medicines to cancer patients.

Addressing the meeting, Hamza Shahbaz said relief measures have been proposed in the budget to facilitate the people of the province.

“I always believe in consultation. The recent budget has been prepared in consultation with the political and administrative team,” he said while acknowledging the services of the officials who were part of the budget-making.