Employees Of Parachinar Town Municipal Administration Without Pay For 14 Months
Employees of the Parachinar town municipal administration have been without salaries and pensions for more than a year.
The Parachinar town municipal administration’s former and serving employees protested against the non-payment of salaries and pensions in front of the Parachinar Press Club. The protesters, including female staff, even threatened self-immolation if they were not paid what the administration owed them.
According to a report in Dawn, the protesters were also joined by the secretary of a member of the provincial parliament of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Syed Iqbal Mian. The secretary, Ikhlaq Hussain, told media that town municipal administration’s staff had been without pay or pensions for the last 14 months.
He stated that the employees were surviving on borrowed money and their children had been kicked out of schools for non-payment of dues.
An official of the town municipal administration said that the salaries and pensions were paid from taxes collected from the former tribal areas, but after the merger, the government had asked them to stop collecting taxes. He further stated that the funds allocated to the administration following FATA’s merger had not been released.
According to the official, Rs4.5 million was needed for payment of pensions and salaries to the employees.