ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Director General is defying Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry orders of clearing the 17-month outstanding salaries of Pakistan Sports Trust (PST) employees, despite two reminders were sent by the IPC Ministry in this regard.

The sources confirmed to The Nation that the IPC had written a letter on January 8 to clear long standing salaries of PST employees as agreed in 73rd Executive Committee meeting held on March 5, 2013 and Rule 2 (VII) of PSB rules, 1981, in which it was decided in principal that the PST employees would be the part of the PSB and would be paid salaries from PSB funds, but after the lapse of more than 17 months, the PST employees are running from post to pillar to get their salaries.

In the IPC letter addressed to DG PSB Syed Amir Hamza Gilani, it was clearly mentioned that the PSB management is consistently denying the decision/authority of constitution, federal cabinet, cabinet sub-committee, the PSB board its executive committee as well as the directions of the IPC/vice president PSB.

The IPC had warned the PSB DG to immediately release the long-pending salaries of the PST employees and explain the reasons despite clear instructions/orders what takes the PSB to delay/defy the orders so long.

It is pertinent to mention here that delaying tactics of the PSB had already resulted in the sad demise of the PST employee’s 17-year old son, who died as his father after selling all the belongings failed to arrange timely money required for his operation. Despite several promises being made by PSB DG of releasing the salary of the deceased’s father, all the promises failed to materialized and the youngster died, as he finally runs out of time. The PM must look into this matter of grave concern for the PST workers and try to save the lives of others.