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Govt employees go on pen-down strike again

By Khalid Iqbal
September 20, 2023

Rawalpindi:All doors of government departments remained closed yet again due to pen-down strike of employees here on Tuesday. Hundreds of government employees besieged Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner offices against discrimination in salaries and pensions. The Punjab government employees demanded salaries, pension and other benefits at par with federal government employees. Public has been facing hell like situation in their routine works and has appealed to Punjab government to resolve this issue immediately.

The angry protesters locked all doors of offices and did not allow any officer to sit on their seats. The senior leadership has decided to stage ‘sit-in’ in front of Parliament House if Punjab government does not accept their genuine demands.

The government employees of the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Metropolitan Corporation Rawalpindi (MCR), Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA), Deputy Commissioner Office and Commissioner Office strongly protested against salaries, leave encashment/pension, etc. The caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Mohsan Naqvi assured to increase salaries of Punjab government employees according to federal government employees but in vain. The chief minister also assured to resolve leave encashment and pension issues but in vain.

The protesters blocked the main Murree Road against discrimination in salaries and pensions. A heavy contingent of police officials was also present all around to control the law and order situation. The protest demonstration was led by Punjab Revenue Coordination Council (Rawalpindi) President Abdul Sattar Qureshi, General Secretary Nadeem Bhatti and Prosecution Office Rawalpindi President Muhammad Sajjad. The representatives of other departments were also present on the occasion.

The protesters warned to stop all OPDs in allied hospitals if the Punjab government did not take back the notification issued by the Finance Department, Government of the Punjab that government employees who are set to retire are going to suffer financial loss in the form of leave encashment/pension, and the payments will be made as per the initial rather than the running basic pay of their scales. The residents of the city have appealed to the higher authorities to take up this issue immediately for its resolution otherwise it would create an unrest situation all around. The protesters were raising full throated slogans against Punjab government and warned to resolve this issue immediately otherwise they will lockdown whole city areas.