Govt to lay off contractual appointees

February 19, 2014 - 3:09:54 am
ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan led by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will press ahead with its plan to lay off all contractual employees hired by the outgoing Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government.

A month after the prime minister’s office made the decision, the Establishment Division issued an office memorandum, barring all ministries, divisions, autonomous bodies and corporations from extending contracts that expire this month.

However, an official privy with the development termed the measure as the only way to weed out people appointed by the PPP government.

As a policy to control the wage bill, most workers were hired on contracts by the previous government to deny them benefits which are otherwise available to regular employees. 

The layoff is expected to affect employees within the lowest pay scale of 1-5 on an average income and working in grade 11-16.

According to sources, employees of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority, National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Planning Division will be affected the most of those employees who were first hired on contract and then regularised by the PPP government will be sent to a surplus pool of employees, the sources revealed.

“The ban on recruitment process imposed by the government on the directions of prime minister’s office, shall be applicable on - extension in contract appointment of already recruited contractual employees,” the office memorandum states.

The memorandum states that extension will not be given to those who were appointed as contingent paid staff. The letter further reveals that there will also ban on appointment by transfer and induction.

After coming into power in June last year, the PML-N government had imposed a ban on recruitment process.

This is not for the first time that the PML-N has decided to remove the people from jobs who were hired by the Pakistan Peoples Party.