Punjab Governor To Not Sign Bill Raising Salaries
The governor said the he will sign the bill only upon the instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
He added that he will take a briefing from law department in this regard.
The approval of the raise in salaries is conditioned to the sign of Chaudhry Sarwar.
The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill increasing the salary, allowances, perks and privileges to each legislator just in 24 hours.
In a tweet on Thursday, he said such a move could be justified once prosperity returns to the country. He said this decision is untenable as currently we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people.
“Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal Govt Austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened,” he wrote.
According to the bill, MPA's salary and incentives have been increased from Rs83000 to Rs2 lac/month.
Under the bill, salaries of the speaker and deputy speaker have been increased to Rs260,000 and Rs245,000, respectively.
The chief minister will now draw Rs425,000 per month.
The salary of a minister has been increased to Rs275,000 and an MPA will now draw Rs195,000 per month.
Besides salary, each legislator will receive an additional amount of Rs50,000 per month as house rent. Former chief ministers, who do not have their own house in Lahore, would be given official residence in the provincial capital.