ISLAMABAD - The traffic wardens of Rawalpindi region are feeling left out after the Punjab government has announced to award Rs 10,000 honorarium per month to those posted in Murree, The Nation has learnt.

Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif after assuming the charge of his office has focused on Murree development and he wanted to remove the flaws in beautification of the hill station. The Punjab Government has launched several up-gradation projects to facilitate the tourists who visit the city from across the country and abroad.

According to documents available with this scribe, a meeting regarding Murree development was attended by PSO to chief minster, Additional Chief Secretary Punjab, Commissioner, RPO, CTO, and DCO Rawalpindi under the chair of Hamza Shahbaz in Lahore in which Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Sohail Aamir proposed that keeping in view the hard duty of the wardens of Murree in peak seasons they must be awarded specific honorarium on three-month basis.

RPO Akhtar Lalayka took a stance against the proposal and stressed for awarding the grant on monthly basis with salaries of traffic wardens. Lalayka said personnel of traffic police Murree face tough duties during the peak season and especially in three months of winter, the snowfall season.

Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Zahid Saeed proposed that a specific grant may be got approved through a summary for the Chief Minster and then the same may be disturbed to wardens on monthly basis.

According to sources, Chief Traffic Officer Rawalpindi Muhamad Shoaib Khurram, urged the meeting to award the honoraria to all traffic wardens of Rawalpindi division because the wardens of the region are also facing hard duties during summer and winter seasons. Addressing the meeting, Hamza Shahbaz ensured the meeting that the CM would soon approve the summary and the Punjab government has started work on different projects in Murree.

Talking to The Nation, a senior traffic warden of Rawalpindi, said that this kind of favour of government within the institution in same region is unjustified. He mentioned that they do not get any over-time allowance or appreciation certificate from the government. He demanded that the government should take the decision of monthly honorarium for the traffic wardens for the entire region.