Court Orders Job Application Fees to be Reduced by 50%

The Supreme Court has ordered federal and provincial governments to file details of measures taken to provide relief to job aspirants.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan took notice on an application of a university student stating that for each job vacancy they pay a fee which is too heavy for an unemployed person and a financial burden, which many individuals cannot even afford on a daily basis and have to forego applying for many positions.

On such notice Federal Government has issued instructions to all ministries/divisions to make arrangements and ensure that 50% of the fee payable to testing agencies be paid by the concerned Ministries/Divisions, authorities etc. out of their own budget to save the unemployed citizens from financial burden.

The court order added that for hiring services of a testing agency, PPRA Rules should be strictly observed to ensure minimum rates of fee through open bidding.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has called a follow-up report as to implementation and outcome of above directive from Secretary, Establishment Division, Government of Pakistan, Islamabad within two months, while all Provincials Governments are also directed to take the required steps to provide maximum relief to job aspirants and to submit a detailed report within six weeks.