Employees demand continued payment of electricity bills for official apartments

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Islamabad: Federal government employees residing in government flats protested the withdrawal of heavy water pump electricity bill payment facility by Pakistan Public Works Department (Pak PWD).

The Pak PWD office has now asked residents of government apartments occupied by employees from BPS-1 to BPS-14 to pool money for the payment of the electricity bill of the water pumps, which will amounts to thousands of rupees. “We were asked to pay the electricity bill for pumping water despite the fact that 5% maintenance costs are deducted monthly from our wages,” said a resident of CAT-IV in Sector I -9/4.

He said they had received a bill of over Rs28,000 for the months of July and August.

Residents of CAT-IV and V apartments in Sector I-9/4 also sent a letter to the Federal Secretary for Housing and Works asking to continue paying the electricity bill for pumping water for the government apartments.

They said that the Ministry of Finance releases funds to government departments for payment of electricity bills for the use of different facilities but the facility is not extended to them despite the fact that a maintenance fee of 5 % are also deducted from their salaries.

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