Supreme Court orders Punjab Government to pay salaries to teachers of PCPP
Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered the Punjab Government to pay salaries to teachers of 26 colleges associated with the Punjab Colleges Pilot Project (PCPP).
The decision was announced on Tuesday, October 18 by the panel of three judges, which was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary.
The supreme court heard suo motu case of abdication of Punjab Government as the Government has not paid past six months salaries to the teachers of PCPP. Deputy Secretary Finance, Muhammad Iqbal told that an amount of Rs 563 Million is outstanding to teachers while the Chief Justice has directed the Government to pay their due salaries within 24 hours.
Jawad Hassan, Additional Advocate General (AAG) Punjab said, “You will feel their pain when your salary is withheld; railway employees are protesting for their salaries as are lady health workers.”
Nevertheless, the Chief Justice argued that are the teachers being punished for taking a stay order from the court?
He lamented the act of Government by expressing that why court is constantly asked to interfere in such matters, which can be easily solved by pertinent authorities. He further criticised by saying that teachers should be offered more respect than any other person in the society but they are forced to live from hand to mouth due to non-payment of their salaries.
“The people for salaries protesting everyday in the country. If the salaries are not paid, then how the health and homes can run? Salary not reaching the house breaks out a dooms day. You will feel their pain when your salary is withheld; railway employees are protesting for their salaries as are lady health workers,” Chief Justice said.
He added that he is aware of the non-payment of salaries to railway employees and lady health workers and he will look into the matter. He ordered AAG to find the responsible person, who caused much trouble to teachers and place him in front of the court.
Furthermore, Punjab’s secretary finance notified court that finances were issued on the court’s order for imbursement of salaries to teachers and thus the case was suspended.