The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has approved an increase of Rs4,000 in the monthly salaries of the daily wage employees in the province. The increase was made after Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Mahmood Khan approved a proposal in this regard, raising the salaries of the daily wage employees. The salaries after the approval have been increased to Rs21,000 from Rs17,000, witnessing an increase by Rs4,000. Earlier on Thursday last, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar approved a 25 percent special allowance for grade 1 to 19 government employees. Taking to Twitter, the chief minister announced that the increment will be applicable from June and only those who have previously not received allowances will be eligible. “The decision has been taken in order to reduce the pay gap among government employees working in different departments and improve their economic condition,” wrote Buzdar. Earlier, the federal government also approved a 25 percent increase in salaries of protesting employees from grades 1-19 on an ad hoc basis in February this year. In accordance with the agreement reached between the special committee constituted by the Prime Minister Imran Khan comprising Federal Minister for Defence Pervez Khattak, Federal Minister for Interior Sheikh Rashid Ahmed and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan and representatives of the Federal Government Employees, the Finance Division has agreed to the following, in principle. Disparity Reduction Allowance 25 percent of the running basic pay was allowed to those civil employees in BPS (1-19) of the federal government who have never been allowed additional salary equal to or more than 100 percent of the basic pay (whether frozen or not) or performance allowance w.e.f. 01 March, 2021. The posts BPS (1-16) or equivalent will be upgraded on the pattern of Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa w.e.f. 01 March 2021. The grant of time-scale will also be considered for adoption on the same pattern in the next budget. Ad hoc relief will also be considered to be made part of the basic salary w.e.f. July 2021. The provinces were recommended for adoption of above from their own resources.