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Ombudsman Punjab ordered for re-fixation of pension

Lahore: Ombudsman Punjab Khalid Mehmood has ordered re-fixation by giving an additional increment to all such employees who had retired at the maximum stage of their pay scale and have been working on the same pay for at least six months at the time of retirement. Ombudsman Punjab while issuing orders for re-fixation of pension of all such retired employees to Finance Department, Accountant General Punjab and District Accounts Offices, has also directed retired employees to immediately contact Accountant General Punjab and District Accounts Offices for receiving their dues.

According to the details, Muhammad Akram of Macca Colony Lahore submitted an application to Ombudsman Punjab Khalid Mehmood that he retired in 2001 from Building Department while drawing maximum pay of BS-12 and he had not been given annual increment. According to the applicant, federal government also issued a notification in 2010 in the light of the decision of Supreme Court in this regard but Punjab government is not ready to accept this notification.

Khalid Mehmood ordered Consultant Ombudsman Office, Wazir Ahmed Qureshi to inquire into the matter who called for a report from Finance Department Punjab in this regard. According to the Provincial Finance Department, the order of the Supreme Court is for those employees who had retired before first June 2011 and that Punjab government is not bound to implement instructions of the federal government. Finance Department took a stance that Punjab government will have to face a heavy liability if the cutoff date of 01-06-2011 was removed. Ombudsman Khalid Mehmood in the light of the decision of Consultant Wazir Ahmed Qureshi has ordered Finance Department to re-fix pension by giving an additional increment to all such employees who had retired at the maximum stage of their pay scale and have been working on the same pay for at least six months at the time of retirement. Ombudsman ordered Finance Department that the decision of the Supreme Court and the notification issued by the Federal government should be implemented in letter and spirit.

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