ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Agriculture Research Councils new management with the consent of new Minister for Food and Agriculture is planning to fire more than 500 employees of PARC allegedly hired against rules in former Chairman PARC Dr Zafar Altaf. Sources in PARC said that all employees fulfil the criteria but the rift was started when Nazar Gondal was minister and wanted to get appointed his own people in the PARC. Dr Zafar refused the minister to do so and appointed the people who he considered suitable for the job. Most of cases consist of those lower staff who were working in PARC for years on daily wages and Dr Zafar regularised them as he had the authority to do so as Chairman PARC. The new management, after closing many projects started by Dr Zarar, is planning to fire them. The employees on the other side seemed hopeful that they could not be fired as they had the legal status and their appointments were made following the legal procedures. A delegation of employees association of PARC met new Minster Mir Israr Ullah Zehri here today and gave suggestion that some employees such as gardener and drivers should be exempted from the list who are going to be fired but the Minister said that every one appointed violating rules must go. At the same time he suggested the authorities of PARC to get some legal aid on the matter to avoid legal implications. The delegation also put some other demands of employees in front of minister including raise in salary. The minister assured them for protecting their interests and provision of all the perks and privileges announced by the Government of Pakistan. The 50pc Ad hoc Allowance will be given to all PARC employees after the approval from Finance Ministry, minister said. The minister further said that all the recruitments made in violation of rules and procedures would be scrapped and added that the association should not plead the case of such employees. Regarding the hardship allowance that was previously given to employees working in remote areas of the country, the minister said that he would take up the matter with the chairman PARC and would communicate the outcomes to the association.