‘Heading towards a welfare state’: EOBI raises pensions to Rs8,500

Firdous Ashiq Awan said that when the state will take care of its indigent classes like a mother.

The Employees Old-Age Benefits Institution pension has been increased from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 8,500, as announced by Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday.

Taking it to Twitter, she stated that the increase in pension was a: ‘manifestation of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s concern for the poor and downtrodden segments’.

“This is a practical step towards the establishment of a welfare state on the model of the state of Madina”, Firdous Ashiq Awan added.

She said that when the state will take care of its indigent classes like a mother, the dream for an Islamic welfare state will be realized.

“The prime minister is working towards the completion of this very mission,” Awan said.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfiqar Bukhari, last month promised to increase the EOBI pension by two-and-a-half times in the next four years.

“Currently, per month Rs6,500 is being given to pensioners but I am determined to increase the amount to Rs15,000 during the term of the current government so that pensioners would get a little breather”, he said, while speaking to at an EOBI event.

In January of this year, the government announced a 20% increase in pension rate for EOBI pensioners, following which the minimum pension was set at Rs. 6,500 per month.

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