PSM’s gratuity fund case: SHC summons finance secy

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday summoned secretary ministry of finance to inform it what efforts have been taken for the payment of gratuity funds to 70 retired employees of Pakistan Steel Mills.

SHC bench, headed by Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar, was hearing w petition filed by 70 retired employees of Pakistan Steel Mills including Syed Umer Baqi and Mohammad Shafi, who moved the court against the department for not paying their gratuity funds.

In Wednesday’s hearing, secretary gratuity department of Pakistan Steel Mills appeared before the court and submitted office memorandum regarding the gratuity funds. The court issued notices to secretary ministry of finance to appear in the next hearing and enlighten the court about the payment of gratuity funds.

Earlier, the petitioners submitted that they have completed the requisite time required to be the eligible to get gratuity funds but they are still deprived of it. “Our children are in final stages of education or about to be married but deprivation of funds is causing financial problems for us,” they submitted.

Citing ministry of production, chief executive officer of Pakistan Steel Mill as respondents, the petitioners prayed the court to direct the respondents to pay their gratuity funds.

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