ISLAMABAD: The federal government has ordered disbursement of salaries and pensions on May 21, three days before Eid-ul-Fitr.
The Ministry of Finance issued a notification has directed all government departments to pay their employees monthly salaries, pensions and other allowances by May 21
The Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues, the Military Accountant General and the Chief Accounts Officer of the foreign affairs ministry have been asked to ensure disbursement of salaries and pensions.
According to Rule 217 of the Treasury Rules, if Eidul Fitr falls within the last 10 days of a month, the salary for that month may be disbursed in advance to all federal government employees and pensioners. However, the advance salary should not be disbursed more than five days before the festival.
Eidul Fitr is likely to be celebrated on May 25 or May 26, depending on the sighting of the moon and hence, the government workers shall be paid by May 21.
Meanwhile, the federal government has gradually begun reopening some of its offices amidst a countrywide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus. The offices of NADRA offices were reopened on Monday as well.
The government has hinted at further easing lockdown restriction after May 9. Prime Minister Imran Khan has said businesses will slowly resume operation under the safety precautions and regulations aimed to control the sread of the virus.