Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) here on Tuesday directed the federal government to indiscriminately pay the 20% special allowance to employees of all attached departments of the federal ministries.
The IHC bench issued these orders on the 23 identical writ petitions of employees of attached departments seeking from the court to direct the federal government to pay 20% special allowance to them.
The petitioners included employees or office-bearers of the Pakistan Council for Science & Technology, National Archives, Department of Libraries, Capital Development Authority (CDA) Mazdoor Union, National Centre for Rural Development, PWD Workers Federation, the Cabinet Division and a few others.
The petitioners, while citing the Ministry of Finance and Prime Minister Secretariat as respondents adopted before the court that the Finance Division during the tenure of former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had issued an office memorandum on March 6, 2013 wherein it was informed that the prime minister had approved 20% special allowance to the employees working in the federal ministries, divisions and Prime Minister Secretariat. The petitioners adopted before the court that the employees of federal government like employees of President’s Secretariat, Prime Minister Secretariat and Federal Ombudsman’s Secretariat are already receiving special allowances equivalent up to 100 per cent of their basic pay whereas the employees of attached departments are not receiving such special allowances despite the fact that they also fall in the category of federal government employees.
The petitioners had prayed to the court to direct the government to indiscriminately pay the 20 per cent special allowance to all employees of the federal government.