PHP staff deprived of allowances


The employees of the Punjab Highway Police (PHP) of five districts are not being paid allowances by the Punjab government whereas the employees of the same force of other 31 districts have been getting all allowances for two years. The families of the PHP employees are facing financial problems because of the rising inflation in the country. They lamented that no employee of the PHP could afford any part time job. They added the strange attitude of the PML-N-led government had eroded their confidence in it. The Punjab government established a new wing of police-Punjab Highway Police (PHP)-in 2004 to facilitate road users and curb highway crimes.
In this regard, qualified and energetic people were recruited and the then Punjab chief minister, Pervaiz Elahi, announced an attractive salary package for them. In 2009, the Shahbaz Sharif-led Punjab government withdrew some allowances of this force in some districts, creating financial troubles for the affected employees. On June 24, 2010, a PHP employee, Hafiz Uzair Maqbool, filed a petition in the Lahore High Court through his counsel Ghulam Farid Advocate for the restoration of the allowances. Hafiz Uzair contended that the PHP employees of the 31 districts of the province, except Lahore, Kasur, Okara, Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahib, were enjoying Rs 2,000 allowance. He added when the Punjab government announced a new salary package for the police in 2009, it ignored the PHP.


Comments are closed.