PM approves 140% executive allowance for FBR officers 

Allowance will only be given to a few officers of grade 17 and above

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker Prime Minister has approved a 140% executive allowance for Federal Board of Revenue officers of grade 17 or above.

Sources privy to the development said that the PM, on the recommendation of the Finance division, has approved a summary pertaining to rationalization of allowances to the FBR headquarter.

The Finance division had requested 150% Executive Allowance on basic pay; however, the PM approved 140% allowance for  around 300 officers (Inland Revenue as well as Customs officers) working in the FBR headquarters.

The said allowance will come into effect from November 1st, 2023 and the expenditure involved shall be met by the FBR from its allocated budget for the current fiscal year 2023-24.

Sources said that FBR will have to bear approximately an additional Rs 300 million after adjustment of the FBR-specific allowances and incentives. It is important to note that government officers of grade 17-22 were also granted a 30% adhoc relief allowance in the budget 2023-24.

The increase in the allowance of senior officials also raises questions about the frozen performance allowances of small scale employees. Finance division on the recommendation of FBR in July 2023, asked the PM office not only to defreeze performance allowances for 1,724 officers in field formations, but also a disparity reduction allowance of 40% for all employees (BS 1 to 16).

It is pertinent to note that former finance minister Ishaq Dar in 2013-14 budget freezed the allowances of lower grade officials which has not been defreezed despite a number of protests by FBR officials.  

Shahzad Paracha
Shahzad Paracha
The writer is a member of Pakistan Today's Islamabad bureau. He can be reached at [email protected]

8 COMMENTS

  1. What have these God Da”n Grade 17 officers and above or any govt officer has achieved anything fruitful for our Nation in the past decade or so? Why the hell do they deserve increment in terms of allowances on top of the already lavish lifestyle and income these buggers (govt servants) enjoy… they are merely servants of ours (us being the Pakistani Tax-payer(indirect-direct taxes both).

    Talk about income inequality soaring in the globalization 3.0 period. Sorry state of affairs in this God forsaken economic environment of ours.

    While the petit bourgeois like me falls further into destitution, the political and economic elite grow richer day by day … im freaking getting crazy now, unemployed and wasting my time here. Living in Russia, Israel, or ghettos of the U.S. or even Nigeria would be better then living in a country ruled by incompetent bureaucracy or even these so-called elected representatives

    (PPp, pml n, pti et cetra birds of the same feather)

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