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Power workers to get Eid bonus

LAHORE: Workers of the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) and the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) will get a bonus before Eidul Fitr.

A decision to this effect was taken during a meeting of Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif with the members of CBA All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union in Islamabad on Tuesday, according to a notification issued here.

The minister appreciated the efforts of the employees of corporate entities of Pepco for their hard work, especially during Ramazan, for continuity of electricity supply to the public.

The union’s secretary general, Khurshid Ahmad, who led the CBA delegation: “We informed the minister that the electricity workers by dint of their round-the-clock hard work have been able to increase productivity of electricity up to 19,348MW. During generation, transmission and supply of electricity and maintenance of distribution network, more than 100 workers had lost their lives while far more become permanently disabled in the line of duty,” he said.

In recognition, Ahmad added, the minister directed the authorities concerned to grant the workers bonus equivalent to one month basic pay prior to Eid with the approval of relevant board of directors of Pepco entities.

Khawaja Asif in hot waters for body shaming PTI leader

Defense Minister Khawaja Muhamamd Asif on Tuesday drew strong criticism for his remarks that were seen an attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf female leaders Shireen Mazari and Firdous Ashiq Awan.

While targeting Imran Khan for welcoming PPP defectors, minister said on Twitter “There is silver lining for IK, Tractor trolley & newly acquired dumper can b used for hauling political garbage..no additional effort/expense”

Voicing his views on micro-blogging website, the PML-N leader reacted to fresh PTI entries saying Imran Khan is pushing his party into ‘gutters’.

Lauding Nawaz Sharif for ‘making history’ by appearing before the JIT, Khawaja termed the leaders who joined the PTI as ” not cycle able garbage’.

 

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