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Double pensions: Retired govt employees to get arrears before Eid



LAHORE: 

The Punjab government has acknowledged the right to double-pension for retired government employees who are over the ages of 75 and the Finance Department has issued a notification in this regard.

Punjab Ombudsman Javed Mahmood has said, “Retired employees, who are 75 or above, will celebrate their Eid with double the happiness.”

He has directed the finance secretary and the Punjab accountant general to pay the arrears to the pensioners before Eid. Mahmood said that the old pensioners, who had been fighting a legal battle for many years, had finally got their right.

The Punjab Services Tribunal, the Lahore High Court and the Federal Services Tribunal have upheld the pensioners’ right to double pensions. Earlier, a full bench of the Supreme Court dismissed petitions filed by the Punjab government to review the decision.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2014.


Struggling employees: Health workers demand permanent jobs



PESHAWAR: 

The staffers of the People Primary Health Initiative have demanded the government give them permanent jobs as they have been working for seven years on contract.

There are around 475 doctors working in the programme yet they have not been given permanent jobs. The lady health workers who were trained by the PPHI officers have, on the other hand, been given permanent jobs, said PPHI President Dr Muhammad Naeem, at a press conference at Peshawar Press Club, on Thursday.

All of the PPHI workers are qualified and registered with the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. Most of them work in different basic health units across the province. The doctors were recruited through legal procedures and proper interviews were held while the job posts were advertised in national newspapers, he said.

The doctors at the conference said that the medical officers of the programme have worked in all health-related campaigns, including the polio immunization campaign, TB control programme and measles campaign.

Dr Naeem said that the Punjab government has made their PPHI staff permanent but K-P’s is still struggling with these demands. He demanded the chief minister and health minister help them with the matter.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2014.


Aggrieved employees: Court orders HEC to release staffers’ salaries



ISLAMABAD: 

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday directed Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman to release salaries of two HEC officials who were sacked in March.

A one-member IHC bench resumed hearing a contempt of court plea filed by HEC employees, Anees Sadozai and Zia Batool, against the higher education body.

The petitioners’ counsel told the court that the HEC has not implemented court orders regarding the regularisation of his clients’ services and moreover, they have not been paid for the last three months.

He informed the court that an IHC bench in March this year had directed the respondents to regularise services of the petitioners and later, a bench had also dismissed an intra-court appeal of the HEC against the decision.

He further told the court that the HEC, under former chairman Javed Leghari, had submitted an undertaking before the court for regularising the services of the petitioners. Not only were the services not regularised but the HEC also terminated the petitioners’ service on March 17 this year, the lawyer maintained.

The counsel further claimed that his clients have been victimised and requested the court to start contempt of court proceedings against HEC officials for not complying with court orders.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 16th, 2014.


Demanding reinstatement: Dismissed health dept employees protest on Karakoram Highway



BATTAGRAM: Sacked staffers on Monday protested the dismissal of employees of different cadres in the health department.

As many as 30 employees of the Battagram Health Department were terminated from service after health authorities declared their hiring procedure went against the rules and their professional education credentials were fake.

Demonstrators blocked Karakoram Highway for traffic for over two hours. The rally started from the district health officer’s office and convened at Pull Bazaar. Employees chanted slogans against former DHO Dr Shahzad and MPA Nawabzada Wali Muhammad Khan. Speakers condemned the dismissal order and alleged it was be political victimisation to cover up the corruption of the former DHO, Dr Shahzad. They demanded their immediate restoration, saying they would otherwise continue their protest.

Amjad Khan, Samina Bibi, Naz Parveen, Murshad and Mumtaz Khan were the prominent ones among those who addressed protesters.

The DHO of Battagram issued termination letters to 20 Class IV employees and 10 paramedics on July 3, 2014, accusing them of having fake diplomas and thus claiming the hiring process was in violation of the rules. These staffers were hired after an interview and test by the District Selection Committee headed by the then DHO in October 2013.

“I have a laboratory technician diploma from the National Institute of Health Islamabad and was hired on the basis of the said qualification, but the verification was obtained from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Medical Faculty Peshawar which has no record of professionals who obtain diplomas from other provinces,” Amjad Khan, one of the sacked employees, told The Express Tribune on Sunday.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 8th, 2014.


Contract government employees protest, demand regularisation



MULTAN: Hundreds of contract employees working in various government departments took out a rally on Sunday to protest against the government for not regularising their services.

Around 1,000 employees and civil society activists marched to the Multan Press Club. They raised slogans against the provincial government for not fulfilling its promise of regularising their services. They claimed Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had announced in March 2013 to regularise all contractual employees.

Addressing the rally participants, Civil Society Network South Punjab Tariq Naeemullah said the future of 150,000 contract employees had been hanging in the balance since 2013. “Ahead of the 2013 elections, the Punjab government had promised to regularise all contract employees. However, nothing has been done so far,” he said.

Naeemullah urged the government to meet the demands of the contract employees. “If their demands are not met, these contract employees will join the anti-government protests planned for August,” he said. Naeemullah said employees of 21 unions from various government departments planned to take out a protest rally in Lahore. “Over 50,000 employees from all over the Punjab are expected to take part in the rally in Lahore,” he said.

Employees from 16 government departments, including pharmacy and education, took part in Sunday’s protest. They carried placards and banners inscribed with slogans against the Punjab government and in support of their demands. They appealed to the Supreme Court chief justice to take notice of the injustice to them. The protesters said that regularisation would increase the efficiency and output of the government employees.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2014.


Shady hiring process: Battagram health dept sacks 30 employees over bogus credentials



BATTAGRAM: As many as 30 employees of the Battagram Health Department were terminated after health authorities declared their hiring procedure against the rules and their professional education credentials fake.

The sacked employees have, however, termed the decision ‘political victimisation’ and threatened agitation against the department.

An official of the Battagram District Health Office told The Express Tribune on Sunday that from July to October 2013, the district health department hired over 75 employees in various cadres. However, during the verification process, the diplomas of six Expanded Programme on Immunisation technicians, and one laboratory, one dental, one medical and one surgical technician were found to be counterfeit.

Furthermore, the verification revealed that 20 other employees including gardeners, sweepers and watchmen were hired in violation of rules. The termination letter issued to these employees states that the posts of these Class-IV staffers were filled without being publicised properly in newspapers.

The health office staffer added the 30 employees were issued termination letters on July 3.

Amjad Khan, one of the sacked employees, confirmed he as well as nine paramedics and 20 Class-IV employees had received termination letters.

“The hiring was done after a test and interview and our names were published on the merit list by the District Selection Committee headed by then district health officer (DHO),” claimed Khan.

“I have a laboratory technician diploma from National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad and was hired on the basis of the said qualification, but the verification was obtained from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Medical Faculty Peshawar which has no record of professionals who obtain diplomas from other provinces,” explained Khan.

He contested the health department’s claim that the terminated employees have fake professional credentials. “Carrying out the verification of only 10 paramedics and 20 Class-IV employees out of the 75 who were hired is indicative of political victimisation,” he said.

Khan claimed the termination letter was issued on the basis of political vendetta.

Amraiz Khan, a sacked dental technician, said the 30 employees would protest against the health department from Monday (today) onwards and approach the court as well.

He also claimed that the educational credentials of all dismissed employees were genuine and accused the DHO of playing into the hands of some political leaders who want to see their political rivals punished.

DHO Dr Mushtaq Khan could not be reached despite repeated attempts.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2014.


Through balloting: Four FGEHF employees selected for Hajj



ISLAMABAD: 

The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) has nominated four employees through balloting to perform Hajj this year.

The balloting was held on Tuesday in the committee room of FGEHF and was chaired by the foundation’s director general in presence of the organisation’s officials.

The employees selected to perform Hajj were identified as assistant manager (IT) Asim Amir, accountant Ghulam Dastgir, Ali Raza and Ghulam Rasool.

The director general congratulated the successful officials and asked employees of the housing foundation to work diligently and sincerely to the best of their abilities for the betterment of the foundation.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 3rd, 2014.


CAA employees allegedly torture Karachi airport manager



KARACHI: Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) employees allegedly tortured the manager of Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Azfar Malik on Saturday, Express News reported.

The reason behind the alleged torture was reportedly Malik’s inappropriate attitude towards porters at the airport.

The spokesperson of the CAA has confirmed the incident.

He added that the director general of the CAA has ordered an inquiry into the incident.


Unfair accusation: FIC employees released after colleagues’ protest



FAISALABAD: 

All five employees of the Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology (FIC) who were arrested by the Civil Lines police on Wednesday on charges of stealing hospital items were released on Thursday, after hospital employees staged a protest demonstration.

The protesters chanted slogans against the FIC administration and said they would not resume their duties until the arrested employees were released.

The hospital administration negotiated with the employees and later asked the police to release the employees.

Several people faced problems in the absence of doctors and hospital staff on duty.

Mubarak Ali, an attendant of a patient, told The Express Tribune that he had brought his father for treatment from Samundri.

“We travelled for three hours but when we arrived at the hospital, we were told that workers were on strike,” he said.

FIC Medical Superintendent (MS) Muhammad Ziaullah told The Express Tribune that 40 stents worth Rs5 million were stolen from the FIC.

He said Civil Lines police had registered a case on the complaint by Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Muhammad Nadeem Afzal and arrested five employees, Adeel Imran, Imran Abdullah, Muhammad Tahir, Naveed Shaukat and Rana Ehsan.

He said the men were arrested after they were caught stealing stents on CCTV cameras.

“Their colleagues protested and boycotted their duties and called for an in-house inquiry,” he said.

He said the hospital administration had prioritised patients and decided to ask for release of the men.

He said a committee had been formed to probe into the theft.

He said he would supervise inquiry and ensure transparency.

Paramedics Staff Association president Mian Mehbood Hussain the employees were arrested without an internal inquiry.

“They should be heard,” he said.

Civil Lines Station House Officer (SHO) Rana Naseer Khan Manj told newsmen that the FIC employees were arrested after preliminary investigation. He said CCTV footage was primary evidence of their guilt.

The SHO said the men were released on the request of the MS. He said the case would remain open until the investigation at the hospital was concluded.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 20th, 2014.


Protest: Govt employees demand service structure review



PESHAWAR: Employees from various government departments  on Wednesday, protested on GT Road and later held a sit-in outside the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly building, asking for promotions and a review in service structure.

Commuters faced problems for five hours as traffic backed up and needed to be diverted from Sher Shah Suri Road to Dabgari Road.

The protest later ended up outside the assembly. Angry demonstrators chanted slogans against the provincial government.

They condemned the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for discrimination in upgradation.

One of the employee union’s leader, Malik Naveed, was present at the protest. Addressing the crowd, he said the government has failed in its promises regarding growth of technical and non-technical government employees.

While some departments had benefited, others were failed as promises made before the budget were not upheld, said Naveed.

“If our demands are not accepted, we will extend our agitation circles,” said one protester.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 19th, 2014.