ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervez Rashid has said that the economic condition of the country has reached to the extent that the government has no budget to pay the next month salaries on time.
Talking to media on the inauguration of Education Expo at Pak China Friendship center here on Thursday, Pervez Rashid appreciated the organizers of the expo for investing in the future builders of the country. He said that the present government will ensure financial discipline to achieve self reliance. He described the financial budget for next year as pro poor and people friendly.
When asked about resentment over non raise in the salaries of government employees, the information minister pointed out that 90 percent of the employees work in the provinces. It is now the responsibility of the provinces to decide about their salaries.
As far as the salaries of federal employees are concerned, he said these are mere 10 percent. Those working in the president and the prime minister houses are already drawing extra benefits and salaries and rest of them work in the corporations, which decide about their salaries from time to time.
When his attention was drawn towards his PML-N’s anifesto envisaging minimum wage of 15000, the federal minister clarified that the manifesto speaks of gradual increase in the minimum wage. He said the government will consider increasing the minimum wages from next year.
He said that we have got an empty exchequer and credit goes to the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, who has ensured that the employees continue to get timely salaries.
To a question, Pervez Rashid said that resolving energy crisis and improving law and order situation are the two topmost priorities of the government.
He said that the government has cut its expenditures and these resources will be utilized to address the energy crisis.
He said that the incumbent government did not behave towards the people like the previous government which have left the debt of 14000 billion upon the people, adding that no such step was taken in the current budget.
He said that people are facing 20 hours load shedding and the government has planned to minimize this load shedding, adding that the deserving poor people would be given scholarship and huge funds have been allocated for the poor in the budget.
He said that maintaining law and order and resolving the energy crises are the priorities of the government of the PML-N. He said that through this budget we would be able to stand on our own feet instead begging from others.
Pervez Rasheed said that when the government would spend Rs 503 billions for providing electricity and through this the government and the non-government – all people would get the facility of the electricity.