ISLAMABAD  - The employees of Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues (AGPR) have ended their strike and assumed their duties on the promise of meeting their demands by the concerned authorities.

Muhammad Naeem, spokesman of the AGPR, when contacted told APP that they have suspended their strike temporarily and resumed the work on the promise of the concerned authorities to meet their demands accordingly. He said the concerned authorities has assured us that their demands will be met soon. He, however warned of going on strike again if their demands were not met.

Spokesman of Ministry of Finance Rana Asad Amin, also said while talking to APP that the staff of the AGPR has stopped its strike and started its routine work.

Muhammad Naeem said it was the old demand of the AGPR employees to give them audit allowance that is equivalent to 100 per cent of basic pay.

He said the Audit department helps the government in huge recoveries worth billions of rupees annually. He said during the year 2010-11, the Audit department of the country recovered about Rs. 71 billion.

“We want some relief against huge recoveries in the shape of audit allowance”, he said adding that in other such departments of the government, the employees are enjoying attractive allowances and bonuses.

It may be mentioned here that the AGPR Joint Action Committee had started its strike about 15 days ago which caused delays in release of development and non-development funds and the budget funds that were due to lapse on June 30 to the ministries and divisions at a time when the current fiscal year was about to end.