Grade 1-15 contract employees to be regularised -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Grade 1-15 contract employees to be regularised

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday decided in principle to regularise the services of all those contract employees in Grade 1-15 who have completed more than two years of service.

“A four-member committee comprising the finance minister, the law minister, the minister for labour and manpower and the deputy chairman planning commission has been set up to give suggestions regarding the financial implications of this decision at the next meeting of the cabinet for final approval.

The decision will be implemented in the coming budget,” said Information Minister Sherry Rehman while addressing a press conference here after the cabinet meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The minister the cabinet has also decided that the all the contractual employee of the Pakistan International Airlines with more than nine months of service will be regularised. “These steps were taken in line with the PPP manifesto as well as Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s 100-day programme to mitigate the sufferings of the low-paid employees,” said the minister.

Sherry said a committee under the deputy chairman planning commission would be constituted to consider cases of some government employees who have been appointed on higher salary packages during the last seven years.

The cabinet an approved amendment to the code of criminal procedure under which all under-trial prisoners of capital offences and other offences being prosecuted without bail for two years, will automatically get bail. “Under the proposed law the under-trial women prisoners will get bail after 18 months in capital offence and six months in cases other than capital offence,” she said.

The minister said that the cabinet also approved the bill to amend the Representation of Peoples Act 1976. The cabinet has also approved de-mutualization and consolidation bill of stock exchanges. “Under the proposed amendment the registration fee has been reduced to Rs10 million from Rs130 million to break the monopoly in trading,” she said.

She said that the Gwadar Port Authority Bill was sent back for re-examination and review to the Port and Shipping Authority. “The Port and Shipping Authority will review it and the Balochistan government will be given representation in the committee to address their reservations about the land dispute there.

She said the cabinet has directed that currency note of Rs10000 denomination will not be issued. It was also decided that Rs5 and Rs50 notes with new designs would be issued, she added.

Sherry said that the prime minister has announced Rs100,000 compensation for the heirs of those who died in the bomb blast near the Danish embassy in Islamabad on Monday. The minister said that a meeting of the PPP parliamentary committee would be held in Islamabad on Thursday to review the constitutional package. She said this package is not final and inputs received from coalition parties would be included in it.

About the forthcoming budget, she said the emphasis would be on how to mitigate the impact of high oil prices and inflation. She said the budget would also encourage investment and social sector development.
Source: The News