Twitter reacts to ‘pay rise’ for Punjab Assembly members

Twitter had a field day today after Punjab Assembly’s decision to raise salaries and perks of MPAs, ministers and the provincial chief minister. People aside, even Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan showed disappointment over it.

Khan said that he is ‘extremely disappointed’ by the decision, as when Pakistan is financially struggling, it is an unwelcome move. He also went on calling the move ‘untestable’.

”I am extremely disappointed by the decision of Punjab Assembly to raise pays & privileges of MPAs, Ministers & esp CM. Once prosperity returns to Pak such a move could be justified, but now, when we do not have resources to provide basic amenities to all our people, this is untenable” – he wrote expressing his views over the recent development. 

The Punjab Assembly doubled the salaries of its members and increased the salaries of its members amid PM’s austerity drive. It was done in extreme urgency, within 24 hours of tabling the concerned bill. The legislation was unanimously-passed and was tabled as a private bill by treasury’s Ghazanfar Abbas Cheena.

After the new legislation, the salary of Punjab’s chief minister will be Rs 350,000 per month, while members will now draw over 200,000 per month as their basic pay. With the rise in pay, the allowances have been increased to more than double as well. After Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary also condemned the move and said it appears that Punjab Assembly is unaware of PM’s austerity drive.

”Seems Punjab Government and the CM House is in the dark about the PM and the federal Govt Austerity policies otherwise such sham exercise of awarding huge benefits to themselves would not have happened…” – he wrote. 

Following it, the Twitter community also sprung into action, calling PA out on it.

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