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Fed govt employees get 20pc ad hoc relief allowance

03 July, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance on Monday announced 20pc increase in the salaries of federal government employees as ad hoc relief allowance, and it will also be applicable to contingent paid staff and contractual employees.

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Finance on Monday announced 20pc increase in the salaries of federal government employees as ad hoc relief allowance, and it will also be applicable to contingent paid staff and contractual employees.

An office memorandum issued by the ministry states that the president is pleased to sanction ad hoc relief allowance at 20pc of the basic pay with effect from July. The allowance will be applicable to all the civil employees of the federal government as well as the civilians paid from defence estimates. The allowance would also be applicable to contingent paid staff and contractual employees, it said.

The conditions contained in the office memorandum says that the amount of the allowance will be subjected to income tax, will be admissible during leaves except during extraordinary leave. However, the allowance will not be treated as part of the emoluments for the purpose of calculation of pension, gratuity and recovery of house rent. This allowance will not be admissible to the employees during the tenure of their deputation abroad, but will be admissible to the employees on their repatriation from abroad at the rate and amount which would have been admissible to them had they not been posted abroad, the memorandum said.

The term “basic pay” for the purpose of ad hoc relief allowance will also include the amount of personal pay granted on account of annual increments beyond the maximum existing pay scales. The office memorandum has further clarified that the allowance will be accommodated from within the budgetary allocations for the fiscal year 2012-13 by the respective ministries, divisions and departments and no supplementary grant would be given on this account.

According to the official sources, some more relief for the government employees is under consideration at the highest offices. The proposals still being looked into include enhancement in leave encashment limit from existing six months to one year after completion of 30 years of service.

Some 100 percent increase in medical allowance from Grade 1 to Grade 15 employees and 15 percent increase in medical allowance for the employees or officers from grade 16 to 22 is proposed to be fixed according to the basic pay scales of 2011 as compared with basic pay scales of 2008. Late sitting allowance for low-grade employees is also proposed to be increased from Rs 50 per day to Rs 100 per day.

The government has already approved 100pc increase in conveyance allowance for the government employees from Grade 1 to Grade 19.

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