KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has granted Health Professional Allowance to physiotherapists of health department with the hope that they would further enhance their working capacity by giving more time in the government’s health facilities.
He took this decision in a meeting here on Tuesday at CM House. The meeting was attended by Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, Additional secretary Finance Nisar Shaikh and others.
The chief minister was told that the Physiotherapists working in health department were demanding Health Professional Allowance (HPA) and Special Health Care Allowance (SHCA). The chief minister said that the provincial government was already paying Rs43 billion in salaries in every month. “The salary bill is on the increase, therefore the development works are affected,” he said and added he would never honour any request when the government employees opt to come onto the roads to protest.
The chief minister, after thorough discussion, agreed to grant HPA and HCA to the Physiotherapists and said he would inspect their performance.
Secretary Health told the chief minister that there were 48 physiotherapists working in health department, of them 22 are in grade BS-16, 22 in grade BS-17, 13 in grade BS-18 and one grade B-19.
The grade BS-16 would receive Rs15,000 as HPA and Rs5000 SHCA. Grade of BS-18 to receive Rs28,472 and SHCA Rs10,000. Grade BS- Rs19175HPA and Rs10,000 SHCA and grade BS-19 physiotherapists would be entitled to receive Rs19,000 HPA and Rs5000 as SHCA. The total amount would come to Rs111,647 per officer and its monthly impact would be Rs1,689,659 and the annual financial impact would be Rs20,275,908 said the chief minister.
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