KARACHI – The Civil Aviation Authority is reluctant to promote its deserving employees having engineering degrees to higher grade (BPS-17 equivalent PG-08) despite making such promotions in the past.

“We, the CAA employees -Abdul Hameed Shaikh, M Ayub Tabassam, Tabraiz Ali, Inam Ali, Hassan Mehmood and Arif Ali, working in PG-05 (BPS-13) to PG-06 (BPS-15) - have submitted individual applications to Secretary Cabinet Nargis Sethi through proper channel and a joint application to Chairman Pakistan Engineering Council for grant of class-1 status (PG-08) to us,” said Zainul Abdin, an affectee having engineering degree (BE Electronics), and working in CAA Karachi.

He said that lower grade employees having engineering degrees and working in CAA were promoted in PG-08 in 1999 but it is irony that they have still not been promoted despite performing duty for over 12 years. He said, “We spent thousands of rupees and spent precious time on our engineering education but CAA is reluctant to promote them, violating its own rules under which such promotion were made in the past history. Zain said, “As the PPP government failed to give them due promotions despite making big claims of being labourers friendly and champion of democracy, hence, we pin hope on the caretaker government that it would take up the promotion issue and resolve it before general elections.” Zain appealed to caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso and Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry to take notice of injustice being committed by CAA employee having professional engineering degrees and help grant promotions like done in the past.