Govt Employees Will Get Salary Before Eid-ul-Azha by June 23

The debate surrounding the federal budget for the upcoming financial year entered its fourth consecutive day in the National Assembly (NA) with a significant announcement. It was revealed that government employees would receive their salary before Eid-ul-Azha by June 23, 2023.

Under the chairmanship of Deputy Speaker Zahid Akram Durrani, the National Assembly convened to discuss the budget and its implications. Although the number of attendees was relatively small, the deliberations persisted for the fourth day, ensuring comprehensive analysis and discourse.

During the session, members of the lower house directed harsh criticism toward the economic performance of the previous government. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar addressed the House, acknowledging the influx of requests from various institutions and government employees salary before Eid-ul-Azha. In response, he informs the assembly that the finance secretary had instructed to facilitate the disbursement of salaries by June 23. This measure aimed to ensure that employees could meet their financial obligations and make necessary preparations for the festive occasion.

Emphasizing the significance of agriculture in our economy, Water Resources Minister Syed Khursheed Shah demanded the allocation of adequate resources to support this vital sector.

Furthermore, Education Minister Rana Tanveer Hussain expressed profound disappointment with the previous government’s economic policies. He reveals that upon assuming office and receiving a comprehensive briefing, he moves to the point of tears at the extent of economic devastation that had occurred. “The magnitude of the damage inflicted upon our economy far surpassed our initial estimates,” he added, highlighting the pressing need for corrective measures.

Maulana Jamaluddin, representing Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), demands that the salaries of government employees earning high monthly incomes, amounting to lakhs of rupees, should not increase. This proposal aimed to maintain fiscal prudence and ensure a balanced distribution of resources.

In a separate discussion, Sajnaer Talpur from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) raised concerns over the termination of Shell Company’s business operations in Pakistan. Urging immediate attention to the matter, Talpur emphasized the need for appropriate measures to address the situation effectively.

The meeting concluded with an adjournment until 11 am on Friday, allowing participants to gather additional insights and prepare for further discussions.