Govt slashes PSM jobs to contain salary expenses: report

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In a bid to ease the burden on the national exchequer, the government has reduced the salary expenditure of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) by terminating the services of several employees.
This was revealed during a meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) held on March 2.
According to a report in the local media, the Privatisation Division told the ECC during the meeting that a committee comprising representatives of the Privatisation Division, Finance Division and PSM was constituted on January 29 last year to examine and verify the salary bill of the steel mill.
“After a series of meetings between all stakeholders, it was decided that PSM will reduce its salary bill to Rs 380 million per month from March 2016 after rationalising the workforce working on contract and daily wage,” it said.
Accordingly, the salary bill for the mill’s employees, which was Rs 435 million in November 2015, was slashed to Rs 380 million in March 2016.
In November 2016, the steel mill had 281 daily-wage employees and 191 contract staff.
The Privatisation Division said PSM operations had been at a standstill for the past around one and a half year and employees had not been paid for three months since November 2016. It requested the ECC to give approval for the release of salary for November, which was approved.
While the government has given bailout packages worth Rs 56.45 billion, the mill is still suffering huge losses. Its accumulated losses amount to Rs 177.78 billion and liabilities stand at Rs 138 billion. It has to pay Rs 14 billion in interest to the National Bank of Pakistan out of total loans of Rs 36.3 billion.
It has been discovered that 12,500 employees of PSM as well as the top management were still receiving free electricity.

While the government has given bailout packages worth Rs 56.45 billion, the mill is still suffering huge losses. Its accumulated losses amount to Rs 177.78 billion and liabilities stand at Rs 138 billion. It has to pay Rs 14 billion in interest to the National Bank of Pakistan out of total loans of Rs 36.3 billion.
It has been discovered that 12,500 employees of PSM as well as the top management were still receiving free electricity.

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