The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has failed to implement Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s announcement about raising the minimum pay for daily laborers’.
PM Shehbaz announced the rise in the minimum pay for daily wagers from Rs. 18,000 to Rs. 25,000 in his inaugural speech after being elected in April this year.
The FDE, on the other hand, has refused to raise the salary, notwithstanding PM Shehbaz’s executive decision. In fact, for the past several months, hundreds of its daily wage employees have gone unpaid.
More than 1,700 teaching and non-teaching staff employees are currently employed at the FDE on a daily wage and are experiencing financial hardship as a result of non-payment of dues.
The question of making the daily wagers permanent has been pending since 2009, according to a senior official at the FDE who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Over 100,000 contractual and daily wage employees were regularized by the PPP government in 2009.
Many departments have regularized their contractual and daily wage employees, but the FDE has not. Furthermore, FDE Director General (DG) Dr. Ikram Ali Malik has been ignoring a problem that directly impacts over 1,700 households, according to an official, who said that unhappiness among daily wagers is growing as a result of the incumbent DG’s indifference.