LAHORE

The Punjab Finance Department on Monday presented a notification before the Lahore High Court submitting that it would pay 50 per cent increase in judicial allowance to the employees of the court.

Mushtaq Ahmad, a section officer of Punjab Finance Department, appeared in the court of Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah and presented the notification. He told the judge that the payment would be made with effect from July 1, 2014. However, he said that the payment might be delayed due to engagement of the government machinery in flood crisis. The proceedings adjourned until October 8.  Employees of the LHC had filed a petition seeking 50 per cent increased judicial and ad-hoc allowances. They said federal government had announced 50 per cent increase in judicial and ad-hoc relief allowance for employees of all high courts in the country but they were deprived of their rights. They said that employees of Supreme Court and all high courts were getting judicial and ad-hoc allowances.

The petitioners said that four years had been lapsed but the employees of the LHC were still waiting for the allowances despite various directions of the court. They requested the court to direct the government for the payment of said allowances.