ISLAMABAD - The Pay and Pension Committee (PPC) has finalised its report regarding pay and pension of government employees while a remarkable increase in salaries has been recommended, sources close to the development told TheNation on Tuesday. The Committee has recommended in its report merging of all the benefits and allowances that government employees have been taking since many years, into their basic pay. Meanwhile, the Committee has also recommended the government to pay house rent to employees of federal government in cash instead of giving hiring facility. It is worth mentioned here that the Federal Minister of Finance had announced during his budget speech 2009-2010, 20 per cent and 15 per cent salary raise for employees of grade 1 to 17 and 17 to 22 respectively. Government employees were entitled to this raise till December 31, after that it was decided to revise pay scale of government employees. The Committee has recommended paying medical allowance to the employees of grade 17 to 22 also. Earlier, only employees of grade 1 to 16 used to take this facility. Earlier, the PPC headed by Dr Ishrat Hussain recommended that the retired citizens should be given pension/commutation 50 per cent and 50 per cent instead of 40 per cent and 60 per cent. The Committee suggested that the family pension should be made at par of the superannuation pension while deceased employees with less than 10 years service may be given benefit of three salaries per year. The Committee is said to have recommended that group insurance should be refunded to an employee on account of retirement with full benefits while on retirement pensions should be calculated on gross pay (pay and allowances). Also the Committee has observed that the existing Annual Confidential Report (ACR) evaluation system was not enough with the specific reference of performance and reward to the laborious employees. Since the Pay & Pensions Committee has finalized increase in pensions in the budget 2009-2010, it is most appropriate to apprise them of the fact that the pension structures prevailing since 2000 and before are unacceptably meager and insufficient. In 2000, some reasonable increase was offered in the pay structure of the public servants making them comparatively better off. But the pensioners retired before 2000 are still living from hand to mouth. The sick pensioners who have nothing beyond pension cannot afford expenses on medical treatment and medicine in government hospitals. There is no question of any of those pensioners seeking treatment from any renowned specialist.