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Sindh govt says cannot pay monthly allowance to PhD holders

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided against paying a monthly allowance of Rs25,000 to all Ph.D. degree holders, ARY News reported on Saturday.

According to details, the Ministry of Finance in a statement issued here on Saturday said that it cannot give a monthly allowance of Rs25,000 to all faculty members holding a Ph.D. as directed by Sindh High Court (SHC).

The ministry of finance in a letter written to Sindh law ministry has said that it cannot pay additional allowance to govt employees holding PhD degrees as it will put a burden on the provincial exchequer.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) earlier ordered that all PhD degree holders be given a monthly allowance of Rs25,000. The high court gave this order on a petition filed by Dr Liaquat Ali Abro.

The court had directed the Sindh chief secretary to forward a summary to Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah within 15 days’ time for grant of an Rs25,000 monthly allowance to all government employees holding a PhD degree.

It had further instructed that PhD holders working in different departments should be treated on the same footing.

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The petitioner complained about disparities in PhD allowances saying some PhD holders are being given a Rs25,000 monthly allowance while the others Rs10,000.

A state counsel admitted that PhD holders working in universities get a Rs25,000 allowance while other government employees a Rs10,000 PhD allowance.

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