Govt fails to implement minimum wage, pension law

KARACHI: Sindh government had increased minimum pension to Rs 5000 in the provincial budget for fiscal year 2013-14, while in the new provincial budget, which is expected in next few days, the minimum pension is likely to increase to Rs 6000.

It may be noted that the federal government has already increased it in the budget for 2014-15 but ironically Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) is still pays Rs 3600 to the pensioners.

Assistant Director in EOBI Abudl Wahid confirmed that the announcement made by Sindh government in the budget for fiscal year 2013-14 regarding increasing minimum pension to Rs 5000 has yet to be implemented.

“We have not received any notification from the provincial government even after passage of one year so EOBI is still paying minimum pension of Rs 3600,” he added.

Deputy General Secretary National Trade Unions Federation (NTUF) Nasir Mansoor said that the situation was same in the whole country and federal government as well as all provincial governments had totally failed to implement minimum wage and pension law.

He said that though the minimum wage and pension fixed by the government in annual budget were too less but government could not even implement it too. He demanded of the government to increase minimum salary to Rs 20000 and minimum pension of Rs 10000 and implement it with letter and spirit in the whole country forthwith.

When contacted, Vice President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) Faraz-ur-Rehman claimed that all members of KATI were fully following the minimum wage law of Rs 10000 and now after implementation of new fiscal year budget, the same would be increased to Rs 12000.

However, he admitted that a large number of employers were not following the law and exploiting the laborers.

To a question, he admitted that the minimum wage and pension fixed by the government was not enough and one could not lead a respectable life with it.

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