LAHORE - The employees of Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education (BISE) receive 250 per cent more salaries and allowances than the average Punjab government employees, but are still demanding a raise in their remunerations. To press their demands, they have sounded a 3-point demands draft to the authorities and have gone on a strike for an indefinite period. Tuesday was the seventh day of their strike paralysing normal function of the Board while the secondary school certificate (Matric) examination is scheduled to commence from March 10, 2010. It seems that the BISE employees are taking undue advantage of the urgency of work for the upcoming examinations, and are exerting pressure on the government for acceptance of their demands. However, following the directive of Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif a committee has been constituted to examine the demands of the BISE employees. The committee will be headed by Sardar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa and comprises Finance Minister Tanveer Ashraf Kaira, Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema and secretaries of Finance & Regulations. Sources revealed to this correspondent that the Board employees were already receiving four additional monthly salaries and total 16 for late sitting as compared to 12 of the normal government employees. Secondly, they get 48 days leave encashment per annum while other employees receive only 24 days encashment. If leave encashment not availed, they are eligible to 180 days salary prior to the retirement. Thirdly, they are receiving 50 per cent house rent on the running pay while other government employees receive only 35 per cent and that too on basic pay. Fourthly, the BISE employees receive 35 per cent medical allowance as compared to negligible allowance by other government employees. Normally, the employees who receive medical allowance are not eligible for reimbursement of expenditure on medical treatment, but the Board employees are receiving dual benefit of medical allowance and reimbursement of millions of rupees. Similarly, in spite of receiving late sitting allowance in the form of four additional salaries, the Board employees also get dual benefit of Rs 1.25 per roll number for preparation of results. The employees deputed to prepare annual budget also receive separate budget allowance. There was, otherwise no justification of this allowance when late sitting allowance was allowed to them. The demands of the agitating employees are not only ridiculous but irrational. For instance, they are demanding grant from the government in lieu of the waiving of the admission fee of examination for Matric students by the Chief Minister Punjab. It is beyond their jurisdiction or no prerogative to make such demand. They are also demanding raise in the medical allowance from the existing 35 per cent to 50 per cent exclusively for them ignoring all other employees.