islamabad - Some 406 employees of Pakistan Public Works Department working with Federal Lodges establishments across the country are not paid the salary for the month of July despite the fact that the Finance Division has released the requisite funds to the ministry.

The salary issue was lingering for the last few months owing to the legal dispute between the PWD workers working with the Federal Lodges with the Ministry of Housing and Works, as the latter wanted to place these workers permanently on the disposal of Estate Department having overall management of the lodges.

When contacted, Secretary All Pakistan PakPWD Workers Federation, Nazair Javaid, confirmed to The Nation about delay in salary and the legal dispute between the workers and the ministry. However, he said that the decision is not acceptable to them.

He further informed that the ministry had taken a decision in this connection on May 22 but the employees of PakPWD working with the Federal Lodges moved the court against the decision and secured stay order against on May 28 and since then the matter was put on hold by the court. On the other hand, the officials of the ministry said that as the decision of permanent transfer of the Pak PWD employees working at Federal Lodges to Estate Department was made, so the ministry could not pay them salaries from its budget.

However, Nazair Javaid said that as the matter of their permanent posting to Estate Department was subjudice so till the final decision on the matter the ministry should pay them salaries when the funds for the purpose have been allocated to it.

He said that the Finance Division had transferred Rs. 779 million to the ministry to pay off the salaries to its employees and till the final verdict of the court the Pak PWD officials working with Federal Lodges on attachment should be paid from the ministry’s fund.

Nazair said that they had already filed a contempt of court application against the highups of the ministry and the court would be taking up the matter in a next few days.

He further said that even on humanitarian grounds the ministry should have paid salaries to these workers, most of whom are low paid employees.