To ease the burden of inflation on the public, the federal government has decided to release salaries to employees of public sector departments before Eid-ul-Fitr. This decision was made after consultations between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
Pakistan is currently facing historic levels of inflation which resulted in many individuals being unable to afford basic necessities. In addition, the country is struggling to secure external financing, with the threat of default looming over it.
Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has confirmed that the government will also be releasing monthly pensions before the festival. As a result of this decision, Finance Secretary Hamed Yaqoob Sheikh has been directed to make the necessary arrangements.
In a similar move, the Government of Sindh had previously announced the early release of salaries for Muslim government employees ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr. According to a notification from the finance department, full pay and allowances will be paid in advance to all Muslim employees and pensioners of the Provincial Government of Sindh, including work-charged and contingent paid establishment.
The salaries and pensions will be released on April 17, instead of May 2, as Eid is expected to fall on either April 21 or April 22, according to Geo.