PM ‘disappointed’ over Punjab Assembly’s move for pay rise, privileges

Islamabad (HRNW): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed deep disappointment over the decision of Punjab Assembly which had passed a bill increasing salaries and privileges to the provincial lawmakers including chief minister,  In his latest Twitter message, PM Khan said, he was ‘extremely disappointed by the decision of Punjab Assembly’ regarding raise in salaries and privileges of the Members of Provincial Assembly (MPAs), other minister and especially the chief minister. Continuing his sharp criticism indiscriminately against the provincial lawmakers, he termed the development as ‘ untenable’ move by legislators amid the deteriorated economic situation ‘ when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people’.

He added that the increase in perks and pays could only be justified when prosperity returns to the country. Surprisingly, Prime Minister Imran Khan is earning less than even federal ministers, who are getting the monthly salary of about Rs: 2.5 lac, media found out from the pay slip of Khan. Earlier on Wednesday, the Punjab Assembly had unanimously passed a bill increasing the salary, allowances, perks and privileges to each legislator. Under the bill, salaries of the speaker and deputy speaker have been increased to Rs260,000 and Rs245,000, respectively. The chief minister will now draw Rs425,000 per month. The salary of a minister has been increased to Rs275,000 and an MPA will now draw Rs195,000 per month. Besides salary, each legislator will receive an additional amount of Rs50,000 per month as house rent. Former chief ministers, who do not have their own house in Lahore, would be given official residence in the provincial capital.

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