ISLAMABAD: The opposition parties have rejected the ruling government’s Federal Budget 2021-22 presented by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin in the National Assembly on Friday.
The opposition leaders have demanded to increase salaries of government employees up to 30 percent, terming the government’s 10 percent raise insufficient.
Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the salaries should have been raised by at least 30 percent. While, he said, the minimum wage of workers should have been set Rs25,000. He said despite low grants given by the federal government, the PPP’s provincial government always increased salaries and pensions.
He said when the PPP was in power in the centre, it had beefed up salaries by 120 percent and pensions by 100 percent.
“If the government is accepting that inflation is mounting, so the salaries should also be increased,” he said.
Bilawal said that his government had increased salaries of soldiers who were defending the country and fighting against terrorism by 175 percent.
On the other hand, former minister for interior and planning and development Ahsan Iqbal said that it was the worst joke the salaried class people to increase their 10 percent salaries after record inflation and it amounted to rubbing salt to their wounds. He said that the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) rejected the meager increment.
“The increment should have been at least 25 percent as the salaries have not been raised for the last three years,” he said.