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PA okays fat pay raise for CM, ministers, members

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Tuesday legislated to increase the salary of the chief minister, ministers, its speaker, deputy speaker and lawmakers manifold.

The chief minister’s salary went up from Rs40,000 to Rs200,000 and ministers’ from Rs35,000 to Rs180,000 under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) (Amendment) Act 2017 and the MPAs’ from Rs18,000 to Rs80,000 under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Salaries, Allowances and Privileges Laws (Amendment) Act 2017.

The speaker’s salary was increased from Rs80,000 a month to Rs150,000 a month and the deputy speaker’s from Rs54,000 to Rs140,000.

The pay raise, which will take effect from July 1, 2016, was made in light of a resolution unanimously passed by the house a few months ago.
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Salary legislation will take effect from July 1, 2016

With Speaker Asad Qaisar presiding over the sitting, law minister Imtiaz Shahid tabled both the bills, which were unanimously passed by members.

The house also passed amendments to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission Act 2014.

Diluting the commission’s powers, the amendments made it binding for the KPEC to seek the court’s permission for arresting corruption suspects.

The amended law said the appointments of the current staff members of the KPEC’s directorate general would be scrutinised by a committee to be headed by the director general.

The amendments also linked the removal of the KPEC director general over abuse of authority or misconduct with the nod of a division bench of the Peshawar High Court.

“The director general shall not take action in any mater related to ongoing scheme of government from current budget or developmental budget as the case may be.”

These legislations were not part of the assembly’s agenda for Tuesday. Instead, they were produced in the house as additional agenda few hours after their approval by the provincial cabinet.

On a point of order, ANP parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak criticised the government for amending the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ehtesab Commission Act 2014 without consulting the opposition’s members.

He said the government had promised that a committee of all parliamentary leaders would be constituted to discuss amendments to the KPEC Act 2014 but contrary to that promise, the government kept the opposition in the dark and formed own committee to amend the law.

Women MPAs of the treasury benches boycotted the proceedings for what they called not being given importance by the chief minister.

They later returned after mines and minerals development minister Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli persuaded them to end boycott.

Journalists also walked out of the house over denial of hard copies of the agenda items due to the launch of the assembly’s computerised legislative business system.

They however ended boycott after the speaker assured them of corrective measures.

The chair later adjourned the session until Thursday.

courtesy : dawn news

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