ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the federal and provincial governments to ensure the minimum salary 7,000 rupees in state and private institutions of the country. A four-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Muhammad Sair Ali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday heard the suo moto case regarding payment of prescribed minimum wages to the security guards working in PTCL. The court ordered for establishing the complained cells in every district for implementing the court's order regarding the matter. The court also directed the governments to conduct surveys for ensuring the minimum salaries and also proceeded against those persons, who are not implementing the court's order about the paying of minimum salary. A four-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the suo moto case, taken on the application of private telecom company's security guards. "We have no concern with the rich people and poor people's works should be done", the CJP said in his remarks. During the course of proceedings, federal and provincial secretaries of Labour and Manpower Ministries and Commissioner Islamabad appeared before the court. M Munir Piracha, the counsel, informed the court that PTCL is strictly adhering to the Minimum Wages for Unskilled Workers Ordinance, 1969, hereinafter referred to as the Ordinance of 1969, which prescribes that an unskilled worker shall be entitled to the minimum wages of Rs.7000/- per month, but as far as the complaint/petition filed by the security guards getting Rs 3000/- per month are concerned, the fact is that they have been engaged by the contractors to whom the task of security had been outsourced. He, at the same time, conceded that the contractor is also bound to follow the law of the land. We fail to understand as to why the PTCL had not ensured payment of the minimum wages of Rs.7000/- to the security guards because the contractor whom they have engaged is ultimately answerable to the PTCL.