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PPP, PML-N discuss cut in salaries of govt officials

The joint parliamentary committee of the PPP and PML-N has taken up a proposal for a 25 per cent cut in salaries of government employees working in Grade 17 or above.

Hafeez shaikhThe proposal is part of a package that envisages receipt of Rs31 billion in additional taxes and a saving of Rs80 billion in federal and provincial expenditures.

A senior finance ministry official told on Wednesday that the government team, led by finance minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, presented a set of proposals for expenditure cuts and revenue mobilisation and suggested withdrawing 50 per cent of the 50 per cent increase made in the salaries of government employees of Grade 17 and above in the federal budget for 2010-11.

This would result in an overall reduction of 25 per cent in salaries of government officers in Grade 17 and above.

He said the PML-N team, led by Senator Ishaq Dar agreed to the proposal provided similar cuts were applied across the board in salaries and perks of federal and provincial ministers, chief ministers, the prime minister and the president.

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