The federal government has decided it will not deduct 5 percent of the salaries of employees availing official accommodation in Islamabad.
This development was made public by Prime Minister’s Adviser on the Capital Development Authority (CDA) Affairs Ali Awan.
He said the decision would be implemented from the next fiscal year.
“Our government took the decision because we do not think the deducted amounts were being properly utilized on the accommodations,” he said.
Mr. Awan, who is an MNA from Islamabad, said Finance Minister Asad Umar, who is also an MNA from the capital city, took the decision to provide relief to government employees and that they will repair the houses they were allotted themselves instead of looking to CDA and the Estate Office.
Mr. Awan said Finance Minister Asad Umar decided to stop deducting salaries of federal employees, as he believed the amount wasn’t being utilized properly. Instead, the employees will repair their allotted houses without the government’s aid.
The minister declared the deduction as haram and said the finance minister had passed a resolution against it during PMLN’s rule.
He added that 5 percent salary of the federal employees was deducted every month in the name of renovation, but previous governments failed to fulfill the promise.
He said the government had no right to deduct the employees’ salaries when it doesn’t even provide the funds for changing taps and other minor works.
Mr. Umar said mentioned that there were around 19,000 government houses and 1,500 flats in Islamabad.