Federal Minister for National Health Services, Abdul Qadir Patel, has ordered the reinstatement of pensions of retired employees of the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) following the implementation of the PMDC Act.
Previously, PMDC was replaced by Pakistan Medical Commission (PMC) during PTI’s term in 2020 and retired workers stopped getting pensions, leading to widespread protests and legal battles. Recently, Senate and National Assembly have passed bills to abolish PMC and restore PMDC.
Speaking about the development, Health Minister stated that his party ensures the protection of workers’ rights and will keep doing so. However, Health Minister hasn’t given any date for the pension resumption.
Pensioners have lauded government’s move and praised the Health Minister for his intervention in resolving their long-standing issue.
The revival of pensions will benefit retired workers during this surging inflation, as the Pakistani rupee just fell below 268 against the US dollar. Utility stores, on the other hand, have also announced price hikes on dozens of products, including spices, salt, pickles, shoe polish, toothpaste, and packaged milk.