PESHAWAR   -   Employees of government departments and the civ­il secretariat have objected to the deduction of five days’ worth of wages from their salaries by the pro­vincial government for the Chief Minister’s Flood Re­lief Fund in the province.

Speaking to this correspondent, All Pakistan Clerks Association (APCA) provincial president Muham­mad Sareer said that they plan to approach the court against the deduction from govt employees’ salaries.

“None of the other provinces did such a deduction from salaries of their employees, but the KP govern­ment has deducted amounts from our salaries with­out our consent,” he added.

He further said that very soon, employees of var­ious departments would file write petitions in rele­vant courts against the deductions.

“The KP government deducted amounts from our wages and deposited it in the Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund just for political mileage,” he added.

Several employees at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, while debating the issue, said that the KP government had committed an injustice to the em­ployees by deducting money from salaries without asking them.

“Floods have caused more damage in Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan, but these provincial governments have not deducted salaries of employees,” said one of the employees.

Civil Secretariat Employees Council chairman Zaf­far Yousafzai also criticised the government for de­ducting amount from salaries. 

He said the decision was taken unilaterally and they opposed it.

Meanwhile, KP Chief Secretary Dr Shehzad Ban­gash told The Nation that it is a matter related to KP’s Finance secretary and he should comment on this.

Meanwhile, KP Finance Secretary Ikramullah Khan did not respond to the messages, delivered on his WhatsApp for giving his point of view.