LAHORE - Courts’ employees will get 50 per cent judicial allowance after the assurance to the Lahore High Court by Punjab government on Thursday.

The assurance was given by Secretary Finance Jahanzeb Khan that the government had decided in principle to grant the 50 per cent increase in the judicial allowance w.e.f. July 1, 2010 on a par as admissible to the officials of the high courts in other provinces.

The secretary also assured the court that staff of the court will get the said increase from the 1st instant while rest of the amount will be paid later on due to financial constraints.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali shah of the LHC hearing the case directed him to submit a schedule of payment regarding arrears of the increased allowance on next hearing, July 17. The judge asked registrar of the LHC to send a summary detailing demand of payment to finance secretary in this regard.

However, the secretary expressed reservations on the grant of ad-hoc allowance to the employees due to certain complications. The judge postponed the matter of ad hoc allowance for hearing.  The employees of the LHC had filed a petition against delay in provision of the increased judicial and ad-hoc allowances. They argued that federal government had announced 50 per cent increase in judicial and ad-hoc relief allowance for employees of all high courts in the country. They said employees of Supreme Court and all high courts except LHC were being paid the allowances.

They said four years had been lapsed but the employees of the LHC were still waiting for the allowances despite various directions of the court. The hearing adjourned till July 17.