CM ‘accepts’ Rs1.3bn pay package for nurses
By: Asif Chuaudhry
LAHORE: The Punjab chief minister reportedly accepted the demands of the protesting nurses on Thursday and allocated Rs1.3 billion annually in the form of an additional pay package which included a handsome increase in salaries.
The decision was taken in a meeting held at the Model Town residence of the chief minister which was presided over by Shahbaz Sharif, a source close to the development told Dawn.
He said the chief minister raised Rs10,000 per month as additional benefits to grade 16 nurses while Rs7,500 to grades 17, 18, 19 and 20 nurses working in all public health facilities of the province.
The main beneficiaries of the pay raise will be a large number of nurses working in grade 16.
The source said of the total 12,000 staff nurses working at all public sector health facilities of the province, around 10,750 were working in grade 16.
The chief minister has also allocated an amount for repairing and renovation of all hostels of the nurses.