LAHORE – Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken suo moto notice of inflated salaries being paid to officers working in 56 companies of Punjab.
During today’s hearing, the top judge sought details of the salaries and privileges of the officers from Punjab Chief Secretary.
“You have handed everything to the private sector. Leave the government if you cannot work with diligence. We will not let the public money go waste,” remarked the Chief Justice.
The top judge also took notice of disparity in salaries of doctors deployed at government-owned health facilities, saying those called in from abroad are paid a heavy sum while the local ones are given a small amount.
During a hearing at Supreme Court’s Lahore registry, the chief justice said the doctors at a state-of-the-art facility of the government, such as Pakistan Kidney and Liver Transplant Institute (PKLI), gets a salary of Rs1.2 million while on the other hand, the one providing services at a government hospitals gets Rs0.2 million.
The chief justice said PKLI is an institute where doctors from abroad are hired inquiring what was the fault of doctors performing duties earnestly at government hospitals.
“Chief secretary himself gets around Rs0.2 million, but those appointed by him were getting a higher pay,” remarked the judge.