President approves Rs1.3mn monthly remuneration for NAB prosecutor

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ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain has approved an attractive salary and fringe benefits package worth over Rs1.3 million per month for National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General Accountability (PGA) Justice (r) Syed Asghar Haider, it was learnt reliably.

According to a notification issued by Law Ministry, the monthly salary of NAB PGA is to stand at Rs1,307,331. It consists of basic pay of Rs799,699, superior judicial allowance of Rs370,597, medical allowance of Rs69,035 and house rent allowance of Rs68,000 per month.

Moreover, the PGA will be entitled to the use of residence provided by the government without payment of any rent throughout his term of office, with all utilities being paid by the government.

In case the prosecutor chooses to reside in a house not provided by the government, he shall be entitled to be paid Rs68,000 per month as house rent allowance and all utilities shall be paid by the government and his residence shall be maintained at government’s expense.

About vehicle and petrol, the notification discloses that the prosecutor shall be entitled to one chauffer driven 1800cc car, with 600 litres of petrol per month maintained at government expense for personal and private use. He can also purchase an official car at a depreciated value on leaving the office, said the notification.

Furthermore, the NAB prosecutor’s TA/DA would include air travel in business class for both domestic and overseas travel for official business, and a daily allowance admissible to a judge of Supreme Court. Besides that, he will also be entitled to three economy class return air tickets per year from Islamabad to Lahore for self and wife.

Other perks include reimbursement for medical and dental charges for self, wife and children from the government, private hospitals and private medical practitioners, said the notification issued by Ministry of Law and Justice Deputy Secretary Muhammad Umer Aziz.

It is pertinent to mention here that Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar while hearing the suo motu notice over alleged corruption in 56 companies of Punjab province, had raised questions on the salary packages of retired officers currently heading these companies. The chief justice had said that the appointment of retired officers against huge salaries to run the public sector companies proved that the government departments had failed to deliver.

He lamented that the top bosses of the provincial bureaucracy were getting a salary much lower than a retired officer reappointed to a public company. He observed that the retired officers should volunteer their services for the betterment of the system rather than accepting high-salary jobs.