ISLAMABAD: In the backdrop of recent controversy regarding the auditor general of Pakistan’s (AGP) salary and Transport Monetisation Allowance the Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue has clarified that the AGP is neither getting double salary nor has he compelled this office to add any perquisite which is legally questionable and not allowed in the constitution.
In a press release issued here said the AGPR added Transport Monetisation Allowance in his salary with effect from 01.01.2012 to observe the constitutional direction. The Constitution and the Auditor General of Pakistan’s Ordinance-2001 clearly states that the AG shall be paid a salary with is 20% higher than the maximum salary payable to an officer in BPS-22 (Schedule, Section-3 of the AGP Ordinance-2001). But if compare the AGP’s salary with other Federal Secretaries, he seems to be underpaid. For instance the Secretary Finance is drawing Rs 342,993, the Secretary Law Rs 436,110, the erstwhile Secretary General to the President Rs 1,117,746 while the Auditor General is drawing only Rs 398,655 which is not even equivalent to these, let along 20% higher. So, legally his salary should be 20% more than maximum salary payable to a BPS-22 officer.
Apart from this all other incumbents of constitutions posts are drawing far higher salaries than the AGP’s i.e, the Chairman Wafaqi Mohtasib, Rs 1,117,746, the Chief Election Commissioner Rs 817,560 and the Chairman FPSC Rs 513,000. This is worth mentioning here that the salary of Wafaqi Mohtasib also includes the Presidency Allowance i-e Rs 368,186 more than the total salary of the AGP, that is only allowed to the Secretary General at President House. This head was non-existent at Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat and it was especially opened to accommodate present Wafaqi Mohtasib.
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