Politics, Humanity and Yellow Journalism - By Abbas Ather
A promise fulfilled
True story of a reinstated employee by Tahir Sarwar Mir
Well done Pakistan Peoples Party, the party of the poor.
7,700 sacked govt employees to be reinstated
Thursday, January 22, 2009
To receive three-year arrears in instalments; youth policy okayed
By Asim Yasin
ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet on Wednesday approved the modalities for the reinstatement of over 7,700 public sector employees, sacked during 1996-98, within two to three months.
“These employees will be given three-year arrears along with promotion to higher scale and approximately Rs 7.5 billion amount would be paid to them in the coming three years,” said Minister for Information and Broadcasting Sherry Rehman while briefing newsmen about the decisions of the federal cabinet meeting held here with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in the chair.
The minister said with the reinstatement of the sacked employees, the PPP was fulfilling the promises made with the people. She said according to the reinstatement plan, the sacked employees shall be placed on a scale higher than the revised scale of the post, in case the structure of a post/cadre was changed. She said the plan envisaged that on reinstatement, each employee shall be paid compensation equivalent to three-year emoluments of the pay scale in which he would be placed, in three yearly instalments.
She said the first instalment shall be paid on reinstatement and the second and the third on January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2011, respectively. “The workers given forced golden handshake shall also be reinstated provided they agree to reimburse all monetary benefits they received.”
Sherry Rehman said the cabinet had approved, in principle, the National Youth Policy and had constituted a steering committee comprising Ministers for Labour & Manpower Khursheed Shah, Population Welfare Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Hazar Khan Bijarani (Education), Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo (Industries), Pir Aftab Shah Jilani (Sports), Shahbaz Bhatti (Minorities Affairs) and Special Assistant to the PM on Social Sector Shahnaz Wazir Ali.
The steering committee has been tasked to prepare an action plan for implementation within one month. The National Youth Policy, she said, aimed at providing opportunities to the youth for income generation, employment and sports activities.
The information minister said the cabinet committee, comprising ministers for education, law and parliamentary affairs and special assistant to the prime minister on social sector, had been formed to examine in detail the issue of establishment of the Sir Syed Institute of Engineering and Technology, Islamabad.
She said since the president of Pakistan was the patron-in-chief of the Sir Syed Memorial Society, the prime minister had directed that the president’s views/consent may also be sought in this regard before submitting the plan to the cabinet for approval.
She said another cabinet committee, comprising ministers for industries & production, law, education, parliamentary affairs and the special assistant to the PM on social sector, had been formed to examine the proposal of the Industries Ministry for the establishment of a university of engineering and technology focusing on fertiliser research. “The committee will present its report to the cabinet for approval,” she added.
She said the prime minister had rejected the suggestion of naming the university after him. The information minister said the cabinet ratified the agreement between Pakistan and Brunei for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes and income.
Sherry said the minister for food & agriculture informed the cabinet that due to timely import of fertiliser, there was no shortage of the commodity in the country. She said the cabinet was also informed that the Ministry of Industries was transporting 8-10,000 tons of fertiliser from Gwadar to other parts of the country every day.
Some Comments by Ordinary Pakistanis:
January 21st, 2009 at 11:49 pm
Here comes one of the person who got his brother re-instated in 7000 employees by great saviour government in present time.
Long live Bhuttooo, Roti Kapra Makan to 7000 people. ‘Kal bhi Bhutto Zinda tha, Aaj bhi Bhutto Zinda hai’, I am going to get all my field workers to vote for the party of poor. Democracy at its best in Pakistan.
January 22nd, 2009 at 6:57 am
faujistan can gobble up 700 BILLION RS..its ok…a democratic govt. (corrupt/inept) allocates 7 billion (?) to citizens (albeit those who are pipliyas and were persecuted according to them by pml-n) is a big issue?? maybe.
lets just keep things in context.
January 22nd, 2009 at 3:52 am
At least they are supporting the poors and their families .this time i appreciate PPP Government to help theses victims .
despite of the bad economy PPP took this step .http://ejang.jang.com.pk/1-22-2009/pic.asp?picname=1011.gif
this is the beast way to welfare people instead to open sasta tandoor in couple of area which cannot serve 1 % of the population ,just to get the popularity
Keep Faujistan at bay!!!
7,700 workers are mostly middle and poor class .atleast 50 thousand people will be benefiting .
if its wrong to give “rozgar” to the people and to reinstate those who has been kicked out for political reason then PPP is responsible for that.
January 24th, 2009 at 1:33 am
“Of course, you are going to support reinstatement of these miracle workers. I suspect you probably got your brother or cousin to re-occupy a lucrative post in some government department and hence the joy. ”
Well U r wrong. My point is very simple:
1. Bothe NS and Mush miserably failed to provein any self-appointed court that these ppl were illegaly employed.
2. Most of these ppl were low grade employees belonging to poor families. They suffered for no reason other than political vandatta
3. They were removed from jobs without any legal proceedings againts them. The purpose was to victimize PPP leader ship and make cases against PPP leaders including BB and YRG
Every government has a right to provide jobs. I agree that there should be merit. But political appointments are part of Pakistani culture. Why single out only PPP? Just because it provide jobs and housing to poor?
I worked on a senior position in Islamabad from 1980-1992 and have witnessed a lot of corruption by generals and their faviourite politicians like NS and Jamaat. Even the jouirnalist Ansar Abbasi got his job in The News using influence of Gen. Zia through Khaqan Abbasi. I know this personaly because a cousin of his was appointed in my ministry the same way who used to be my friend. This ansar Abbasi guy used to come to my office often and we used to have long discussions. I know for sure that he is a big Safarshi himself but now he is making -ve stories just to further his Ziaist agenda.
BTW: none of my family members or even distant relatives r part of these 7000 victims of Ziaism. I do admit that some of my relatives who r very rich and corrupt from Lahore managed to get their three sons employed in police (inspector) and revenue department (tehsil dar) through Shehbaz Sharif by pying one million rupeed each that too through safarash of Shuja-ur-rehman family.
The difference between PPP and NS is that PPP provide employments to poor and unemployed but NS provide lucirative obs to rich and influencial.
This is the reason PPP won all elections in Pakistan’s history held under an impartial setup.