LAHORE - Jail police officials Thursday staged a protest demonstration outside the camp jail and blocked the Ferozepur Road by burning tyres, while demanding raise in their salaries and pay scale. Senior jail officials rushed to the spot and dispersed the protesters. Jail Superintendent Gulzar But suspended five warders who led the protesters. It is worth mentioning that Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif a couple of days back announced a considerable raise in the salaries of police department. According to the reports received from across the province, protest demonstrations were also staged in Mandi Bahauddin, Gujranwala, Vehari and others districts. A jail official seeking anonymity said Punjab police staffers were enjoying better salaries and pay scales packages than the prison department, whereas jail staffers were second to none in performing of their duties. He said in the past officials of the both forces were enjoying equal perks and privileges but afterwards the difference emerged as the prison departments staff was treated discriminately. He said it was worthy to mention that in the other provinces of the country like Sindh, NWFP and Balochistan this discrimination had been eliminated. As per details, from a constable to the Inspector General (IG) Prison, every staff member was lagging behind the counterparts in the Punjab Police, as there was a huge difference in their salaries. He said a police inspector falls in paysacle-16 while his counterpart Assistant Superintendent Jail is in 14th. Similarly, Deputy Superintendent of Jail is of grade-16 but Deputy Superintendent Police enjoys grade-17 and the case goes on and on to the IG, where IG police is of grade 21 and IG prison of 20 only. When contacted Superintendent Camp Jail Gulzar Butt claimed there were only few staffers engaged in protest outside the jail and most them were from the training institute. I have suspended five warders including Waheed Goraya, Ashfaq, Ashiq (instructor), Karamat and another, said Gulzar and added that there demand was not illegal but their way of tactic was unfair. He said a meeting had been called by the IG Prison today and asked all the superintendents to come up with their proposals regarding the increase in the salaries. He said a summary in this regard had already been sent to the Chief Minister and hoped that the jail staff would hear some good news very soon.