Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The minimum wage in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is set at Rs 26,000

Setting high standards for other provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa raised the minimum wage from Rs. 21,000 to Rs. 26,000.

The increase was announced by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan while addressing a meeting of the Provincial Assembly held for the approval of the budget.

He emphasized that the minimum wage would be imposed immediately.

It may be recalled that the minimum wage in other provinces is Rs 25,000 and the federal government had also fixed the minimum wage at Rs 25,000 per month.

The minimum wage applies to every citizen regardless of employer, location and type of work.

Chief Minister Mehmood Khan said that the provincial government has earmarked Rs 200 billion in the new budget for direct expenditure on health and justice in the form of food cards and other social initiatives.

He said that a food program is also being introduced from July 1 which will include a subsidy of Rs. 322 billion on wheat.

In addition, an education card is being worked on under which free education will be provided to students between the ages of 5 and 16 and board examination fees will also be abolished.

The Chief Minister said that Rs 37 billion has been set aside for district governments and 63,000 employees will be regularized.

He further said that a hydropower project worth Rs. 85 billion would also be launched in Balakot.

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