ISLAMABAD: Chairperson Pay and Pension Commission Ms. Nargis Sethi called on the Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Mr. Shaukat Tarin, at the Finance Division today. SA PM on Finance and Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood Khan and Secretary Finance Division were also present during the meeting.
The Chairperson Pay and Commission briefed the Finance Minister about the working of the Pay and Pension Commission to streamline the existing pay and pension structure as per the mandate of the Commission. She outlined the working of sub-groups under the Commission which have been assigned different tasks to identify distortions in the existing system of disbursement of pay and pensions of the Government officers in Federal, Provincial and other allied departments and organizations.
The Chairperson also apprised the Finance Minister about challenges in the way of harmonization of Pay and Pension system across the country which includes disparity in allowances, perks and other benefits as well as burgeoning expenditure of the pensions on national exchequer which is not sustainable in the long run, she added.
In his remarks, the Finance Minister appreciated the efforts being made by the Pay and Pension Commission for streamlining the prevailing system of emoluments based on principles of equity, fairness and transparency. He directed to chalk out short, medium and long term plans for reformation of pay and pension system in the public sector over a period of time. There is no short term solution to this problem, he stressed. The end goal is to make the government employer of choice for the talented youth. There is an increased need to work out ranges for linking compensation with performance. This will ensure meritocracy in recruitment and result in improved service delivery in the public sector.
In his concluding remarks, the Finance Minister stated that there is a pressing need to rationalize the existing workforce and adhere to a performance-driven compensation system for smooth transition to e-governance. He affirmed full support and facilitation to the Commission on the occasion.