Pakistan

Civil servants are holding demonstrations outside parliament when the budget is unveiled

Civil servants strike outside parliament in Islamabad, June 11, 2021. – YouTube

Government officials staged a protest outside Parliament on Friday during a parliamentary meeting held by Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin to unveil the FY2021-22 national budget.

Workers had gathered there after traveling from various states, demanding increased funding.

Defendants said for the past three years, they have not seen any money.

He also called for the immediate reorganization of the coalition partners.

Many police officers were outside parliament to prevent any such developments.

The road to parliament was blocked with barbed wire, but it did little to stop the protesters, who jumped.

Officials closed Shahrah-e-Dastoor (Constitution Avenue) while Parliament and all other necessary facilities sat at the main gate of Parliament.

In the evening, the protest ended, with protesters urging the government to reconsider its idea of ​​”just a 10% increase”.

“Salaries should be increased by 25%, otherwise by the end of June, we will announce what we will do,” he said.

Bilawal demonstrates solidarity with opponents

Later, after the meeting, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took part in a demonstration of civil servants to demonstrate their solidarity.

Bilawal, speaking to government officials, said the PTI government was “lying to the people of Pakistan” and was not living up to the promises and agreements made with government officials.

He met with a representative of the civil service and they assured him that they would support him in their needs. They also said they would raise their demands in Parliament.

The PPP chairperson thanked the media for reporting on the protests and said journalists should be the voice of the poor. He expects journalists to “expose injustice” to government officials and the poor of Pakistan in the last three years of the PTI government.

“The government says the economy is moving and we are on the path to fraudulent progress. Why are the salaries of government workers not being increased?” He asked.

“Prices in Pakistan have risen sharply, poverty and unemployment have reached unprecedented levels in the past three years. The government must have raised wages in the midst of the global epidemic,” he said.

He said the PPP government had increased salaries to 120% and pensions to 100% during 2008-13.

“The government has a responsibility to increase wages and inflation in the country,” he said, adding that these injustices “will not be tolerated.”

Bilawal said he had told Sindh government to pay a minimum of Rs25,000. “We will do everything in our power to block the PTIMF budget from the National Assembly,” he told protesters.

The PPP chairperson said “if this PTIMF budget is passed at the conference it will go anywhere in the country to tell the people of Pakistan that they are suffering because of the failure and failure of this government”.

The victim is carrying the PTIMF money, he said, adding that only a human government can solve the problems facing the people.

He assured the protesters that the PPP would launch a campaign “to abolish this PTIMF budget”.

Responding to questions from reporters, Bilawal said the PPP wanted the government to take action on the agreement it had made with the workers.

“The government should increase salaries as the PPP has increased their term of office,” he said.

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