Miftah Ismail, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, stated on Wednesday that the new administration has chosen not to boost the salaries of federal government employees, despite the fact that their salary was raised a few months ago.
Ismail was quick to respond to charges that he was “doing a U-turn” on Prime Minister Shehbaz Shahbaz’s announcement of an increase in federal government employee pay in his maiden statement to the National Assembly after being elected as premier.
The PML-N leader claimed on Twitter that because federal government employees’ salaries were boosted a few months ago, “we are not boosting them again.”
He did, however, say that their wage difficulties will be addressed in the upcoming budget.
It is worth noting that Prime Minister Shehbaz has proposed many relief measures for the people, since the PTI-led administration has left the country’s economy in poor shape, with the current account deficit and other economic indicators “worsening.”
- The incentives and measures announced by PM Shehbaz were:
- The minimum wage will be jacked up to Rs25,000 (from April 1).
- 10% increase in pensions of retired civil, and military officials (from April 1).
- Cheap wheat to be introduced at utility stores.
- Laptop and technical education for youth.
- Reintroduction of Benazir Card.
- Appeal to industrialists to increase salaries of employees who earn up to Rs100,000 by 10%.
In a news conference the day before, Ismail claimed the state in which Imran Khan’s government had left the economy was a “injustice to the people of Pakistan,” since inflation was rising with each passing day as a result of their actions.
The member of the newly elected premier’s economic committee slammed the PTI-led government for announcing petrol, power, and other subsidies that he claimed were unsustainable.