Pen­sion­ers greatly dis­ap­pointed

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - M Z RIFAT

Mil­lions of pen­sion­ers like me across the coun­try have been greatly dis­ap­pointed with yet an­other mea­gre in­crease of 10 per cent an­nounced in the Fed­eral Bud­get for next fi­nan­cial year. This is noth­ing more than peanuts in the face of mount­ing price hike of es­sen­tial ar­ti­cles de­spite all thump­ing an­nounce­ments made by the Fed­eral and Pun­jab Gov­ern­ments about so­called price con­trol mea­sures.

The pen­sion­ers ex­pected at least 20 per cent rise, if not more, so that they man­age their do­mes­tic bud­gets. PPP govern­ment was bet­ter in this re­spect as com­pared to present PML(N) govern­ment which had reg­u­larly an­nounced 20 per cent in­crease in the pen­sion of re­tired pub­lic ser­vants. Both the serv­ing state em­ploy­ees as well as de­served at least 20% rise in their salaries and pen­sions; how­ever, the pen­sion­ers should have given more rise than the serv­ing pub­lic ser­vants who have salaries plus res­i­dences and other in­cen­stives and perks to cope with the mount­ing price hike of es­sen­tial ar­ti­cles, whereas the pen­sion­ers have to live on the mea­gre pen­sion they get.

The Fed­eral Min­is­ter has also an­nounced 25 per cent in­crease in the pen­sion of re­tired em­ploy­ees of over 86 years. How many of us are go­ing to live that long only Almighty Al­lah knows. In this re­gard, it would have been bet­ter if the an­nounced in­creased was given to all pen­sioner, ren­dered se­nior cit­i­zen be­ing be­yond 60 years of age. The Fed­eral Min­is­ter may be good at jug­glery of fig­ures as a char­tered ac­coun­tant but he can­not make a do­mes­tic bud­get of a pen­sioner who is get­ting about Rs 25 thou­sand pen­sion ev­ery month even af­ter re­tire­ment 16 years back and living in a rented premises. — La­hore

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