PESHAWAR, Jan 16: The regular employees of Workers Welfare Board held a rally here on Jan 15 against suspension of their salaries.
They threatened to launch a province-wide campaign if government failed to release their salaries. The protesters, who also included women, were holding banners and placards inscribed with demands for release of their salaries.
They gathered at Jinnah Park where Anwarul Haq, Inayatul Haq and Nawaz Khan and All Pakistan Workers Welfare Union (CBA) president Aurangzeb Khan addressed them. They criticised federal government for suspending salaries of the workers for the last six months.
The speakers said that they were performing their duty devotedly but non-payment of salaries made their life miserable. “We are unable to run routine household affairs due to financial constraints because there is no hope about release of our salaries,” they added.
The speakers said that many workers stopped sending their children to schools as they were unable to buy books, uniform and other items for them.
Workers Welfare Board Employees Union provincial president Shah Zulqarnain told Dawn that they had planned to observe sit-in outside Parliament on January 16 but it was postponed when officials of finance division assured them that their salaries would released on January 21.
He said that federal government had to release at least Rs1240 million annually but it had spent the funds in other heads that caused delay in release of salaries and other bills. He said that the funds had been delayed only to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as rest of the provinces had no such complaints.
Mr Shah said that government should release the funds annually to avoid complications.
He said that quarterly release of funds was main reason of the problems. He said that provincial government had no role in release of funds as it was a federal subject. Mr Shah expressed the hope that the funds would be released on January 21. He said that workers would march on Islamabad to observe sit-in outside Parliament if their salaries were not released.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 16, 2018