BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Gilgit – Baltistan assembly has passed a bill unanimously seeking an increase in pay and other privileges up to 300 percent of its own lawmakers.
The bill was tabled in the assembly by advocate Aurangzeb Khan, parliamentary secretary law on Friday, the last day of Gilgit – Baltistan legislative assembly’s 5th session.
“The bill tabled in the G-B legislative assembly will be implemented after the approval by the cabinet,” a lawmaker said on Saturday – a day after assembly adopted the bill.
According to bill, the salary of chief minister and speaker will be Rs.0.4million each, deputy speaker Rs.03million and 76 thousand, and ministers Rs0.3million and 52 thousand. Similarly a member assembly will be entitled to one 0.1millioin and 90. The recommendation for raise in the pay was given by a committee comprising lawmakers who analysed the data from other provinces before moving the bill in the house.
The chief minister’s basic pay will be Rs250,000 compared to previous basic pay of Rs7000. Similarly the speaker’s previous basic pay was Rs52550 while he will now be getting Rs120,000.
Except chief minister, all the lawmakers have been entitled to increased house rent, medical allowance and mobile expense in the newly introduced bill.
“This increase is half of what our counterparts are getting in the rest of the four provinces,” said deputy speaker Jafarullah Khan. “We have done it keeping in view of our limited resources.”
A member assembly, Muhammad Shafie objected to the low increase saying the increase was insufficient as it didn’t match the level being enjoyed in other provinces. “This is insufficient; we should be given the pay at par with others in the four provinces.”