LAHORE: The recently granted pay package to the Punjab Police and bureaucracy has hit a controversy regarding the criteria the government formulated to decide the percentage of the allowances for officers of all the services.
The Punjab government recently granted executive allowance to all the officers posted by the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) and fixed daily allowance (FDA) to police officers. Salaries were increased mainly of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) and the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS); the officers of the Provincial Management Service (PMS) also received the same increase in pay granted to the PAS officers.
The S&GAD issued separate notifications on July 29 after the governor approved a summary to this effect.
Bureaucrats to get pay raise of Rs150,000, police a minor Rs12,000 under new package
The criteria for determining the allowance was questioned when the gross salary status of police officers and bureaucrats was compared, which revealed a disparity between the two and created unrest among policemen, an official privy to information told Dawn.
He said the senior command of the police went into discussion mode when they found out that under the new pay package, a PAS/PMS officer in BPS-17 is most likely to get paid more than a police officer serving in BPS-21.
On the request of senior officers, Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arif Nawaz Khan plans to take up matter with Chief Minister Usman Buzdar most probably this week, he said.
As per the pay package, the police officers would get a minor pay increase of Rs12,000 and the bureaucrats Rs150,000.
According to the notification -- a copy of which is available with Dawn, the government enhanced FDA of the police officers, which was frozen in 2005. The notification reads: “The Punjab governor has been pleased to grant the 20 days FDA @ 80% of the rates of Special Duty as admissible in the year 2013 w.e.f July 1, 2019 instead of as admissible in the year 2005.”