SHC issues notices to 3 federal secretaries

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) issued notice to secretary establishment division, secretary finance, secretary education, director general National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and others on petition of NCHD employees seeking regularisation of their jobs.

Over 606 NCHD employees mostly teachers through their attorney, Qasim Khan Zardari, filed a petition in the SHC requesting it to order relevant authorities to regularise their services.

The petitioners submitted that NCHD had 1,142 staff members and 4,897 feeder teachers who had been imparting education in 23 districts of Sindh province under the program since long.

They submitted that former federal minister Syed Kursheed Shah had directed authorities to increase the salaries of teachers from Rs 2,500 to Rs 8,000 per month and it was also decided that services of 3,126 employees were to be regularised. But the decision was never implemented.

The petitioners said that instead of regularising their services, federal authorities had been forcing them to sign new contracts of employment which were valid for six months only with Rs 5,000 salary per month. They said they were thrown into disarray as they did not know about future of their services. They requested the court to order authorities to regularise their services.

During last hearing, the bench had ordered the authorities to maintain status quo with regard to the employment of NCHD employees.