Once again the mayor of the city attacked the Sindh government for not giving him money for a 15 percent increase in the salary of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) staff as announced in the 2019-20 Budget and to remove the contributions of 5,591 retired KMC employees who had claimed their rights since 2015.
Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar said there was a shortage of Rs 165 million in the head salary and retirement of KMC employees every month. He was speaking at the KMC Finance Department meeting. Coordination of senior director Masood Alam, financial advisor Riaz Khatri, welfare director Mehmood Baig, legal advisor Azra Muqeem and other officials were present on the occasion.
Akhtar said that even doctors and paramedics who were fighting the threat of COVID-19 from the front lines in hospitals under KMC administrative control did not get the increase.
“I have approached Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sindh Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah several times but to no avail,” he added. The Mayor said that retired employees, including sick people, sick people and women, would visit the KMC office every day hoping to get their contributions cleared but they would return without getting anything because “there is a lack of funds with KMC”.
“They have served Karachi and Pakistan for years and are now fighting for their contributions. It should not have happened to them,” he said. According to a press statement from the KMC, Akhtar pointed out how there was a shortage in salary that was covered by income every month. “But because of the lockdown,” he said, “the income was also reduced.”
KMC employees, especially health workers, rescue workers and firefighters, performed their duties bravely even during the pandemic, he added. He was of the view that the issue of employee salaries was brought before the chief minister during the meeting where he had convinced him to sign the earliest summary.
“We have to pay Rs3.35 billion to retired employees who have been waiting for their contributions since 2015,” he said. He directed the finance department to take steps to increase department revenue, adding that city service bills must also be collected from citizens.
The meeting discussed next year’s budget and participants were told that last year’s development scheme could not be completed on time due to lack of funds. “The amount must be allocated to complete the scheme last year,” the meeting said.
Participants were told that the UC chair and the KMC chair of different departments had proposed a road and sewerage scheme for their area. The new scheme for the KMC park department, public administration, city utilities and other departments will be included in the 2019-20 Budget, the meeting was notified.
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