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Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has proposed up to 35% increase in the salaries of government employees in the provincial budget for fiscal year 2023-24 and 17.5% hike in the pensions.

The development came as the provincial government on Saturday unveiled the budget of Rs2.2 trillion for the next financial year with a development outlay of Rs700.1 billion, which seeks to provide protection to the poor people and flood victims of the province.

During the budget speech, CM Murad announced a 35% in the basic salary of employees of grade 1-16 and a 30 percent increase in the salary of employees of BS-17 and above.

He also proposed a 17.5% increase in pensions and a 35% increase in the minimum wage of Rs25000 which would come around Rs35,550.

The other adhoc relief would be the same as has been announced by the federal government.

A day earlier, the federal cabinet approved increasing the salaries of government employees up to 35% in the federal budget for fiscal year 2023-24.

The Centre also okayed the proposal to increase the pension by 17.5% for the next fiscal year.

It has been suggested to increase the salaries for employees of grades 1-16 by 35% while 30% for those above grade 17.

However, the federal government proposed increasing the minimum wage to Rs32,000.

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