ISLAMABAD: The finance ministry approved a rise in the ad-hoc relief payments for government employees on Tuesday of between 30% and 35%. The announcement states that up till grade 16, government employees’ ad-hoc relief allowance was raised by 35%.
Similar to this, the adhoc relief allowance for government employees in grades 17 through 22 has increased by 30%.
Employees on contracts and contingent workers will also be eligible for the stipend. All employees of the government, including those who receive their pay from defense estimates as well as members of the armed forces and the civil armed forces, will also receive the allowance.
The increase in the allowance went into effect on July 1 of this year, per the release.
The employees will be taxed on the ad-hoc relief compensation they receive. During regular breaks and leaves leading up to retirement, employees will get the allowance. However, during “extraordinary” leaves, they won’t be allowed to use it.
The calculation of the employees’ pension, gratuities, and housing rent will not take into account this amount.
In addition, the allowance will not be paid even when an employee is deputed abroad.
They will begin receiving it, though, once they return from their trip after being appointed to their respective departments.
The ad-hoc relief allowance would be paid into the employees’ wages, per the notification. The salary will be paid to the employees out of the ministries’ and divisions’ allotted budget. The ministries and divisions didn’t get any additional grants to pay the ad hoc relief allowance.
Additionally, the federal government raised the official’s orderly allowance from grade 20 to grade 22.
The orderly allowance has been increased from Rs17,500 to Rs25,000 per month, according to a notification.
The deputation, additional fee, and special pay current charge rates have all remained the same.
The maximum amount, however, has increased from Rs. 12,000 to Rs. The conveyance allowance for employees with disabilities has increased by 100%, from Rs. 2,000 to Rs.
A similar increase has been made to the Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) pension, which now costs Rs10,000 instead of Rs8,500.
At present, the EOBI pays its 430,000 enrolled pensioners Rs 4 billion. All registered pensioners received cards from the institution. The retiree can simply withdraw money from an ATM or other quick-cash facility in any city or town in the country using their EOBI card.