ISLAMABAD - Concluding its two-day meetings here on Thursday, the Pay and Pension Commission-2009 has proposed to separate professional services, including education, health, judiciary and police, from the governments unified pay scales. The commission met here under Dr Ishrat Hussain, former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan and also the head of National Commission on Government Reforms. According to officials, it was the preliminary session of the Pay and Pension Commission, which is supposed to finalise its recommendations before December this year. The government gave interim-relief of 20 per cent increase in pays and pensions in the budget 2009-10 and has vowed to implement the commissions recommendations from January 1, 2010. Meanwhile, a press release stated that the meeting reviewed tentative proposals prepared for revision of pay structure and pension of government employees. The commission decided that at next stage, consultations would be held with the provincial governments and the committee of federal secretaries. One of the major proposals discussed by the commission was to take the teachers, health workers, judiciary and police out of the unified pay scales so that the public institutions become able to attract, retain and motivate best talent in these professions for the larger socio-economic development of the country. This proposal will now be discussed with the provincial governments before its finalisation. The commission also formed various subcommittees to finalise the recommendations on the modalities of proposed pay and pension reforms. During the meeting, presentations on the existing position of pay, allowances, and pension to various categories of government employees, at the federal as well as provincial levels, were made by the various relevant outfits of the state as well as the government. It was decided that next meeting of the commission would be held in Islamabad on August 12-13, 2009.