By Nasir Dehwar
The focus of all the speeches of Prime Minister Imran Khan has always been the poor and the working class of the country. That is why despite pressure from all over the world, the Prime Minister has eased the lockdown and faced criticism from the bureaucracy and major political parties.
The Prime Minister’s move is being lauded at all levels. His move has saved the working class in general and the white-clad class in particular from a major crisis. Demand for withdrawal of decision to ease lockdown due to non-implementation of Government SOPs after easing of lockdown by the Prime Minister and relaxation of the people imprisoned in their homes for a month is gaining momentum.
Repeatedly justifying the plight of the poor and the working class and planning to run intercity transport and trains for the working class who have been facing problems due to the closure of transport for more than a month. Putting aside the pressure of international and domestic agencies is a practical proof of their poor patriotism and love of labor (LOVE).
The important issue to be pointed out in today’s column is how it disappeared from the eyes of the Prime Minister. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan repeatedly admitted his mistake in not implementing the declarations and received a speech from the opposition. Readers are aware that the proof of a bright future for the beloved homeland is given to 60% of the youth.
Pakistan is unique in the world. Out of its population of 220 million, more than 60% belong to the youth. Giving these arguments and analyzing, our intellectuals and anchors forget that 40% of the people are those who have sacrificed 60 years of their lives for Pakistan and have given 60% youth to the nation in the form of architects of the future. In recognition, the government has pinned its hopes on time or its promising offspring, whom we call the future of Pakistan, the youth. These include more than 700,000 seniors over the age of 60 who have worked for years in private companies and factories.
These are the workers who are employed in private factories and institutions as well as goons Old-fashioned employees, such as the EOB, are called the Benefit Institute. In it, companies deposit money in the EOB according to the joint employer-employee calculation of their employees, so that they can live after retirement and could be used to maintain the breathing cord.
My words will not be liked by the Anti-Government faction at all but the reality cannot be denied. Prior to the present Government, EOB pensioners were being paid Rs. 5280 per month. In the 2018 elections, the PTI Government, keeping in view the plight of the working class, immediately increased the amount from Rs 5,280 to Rs 6,500, which was paid as usual till December 2019. For reader information, EOB is a nationwide body that operates on a board of directors and is overseen by the Chairman. Private Companies that are registered with the EOB deduct a portion of their employee’s salary and collect the bulk from the company and deposit it until the employee reaches the age of 60.
Deposits of employees of private companies and factories Accumulated through regular banks. As soon as the employee reaches the age of 59, the EOB and the institution where he is employed prepares the pension card of the registered EOB employee and records and accounts are given to Al-Falah Bank.
As soon as he retires, he starts getting monthly pension from Al-Falah Bank through pensioner card. I was saying that as soon as Prime Minister Imran Khan came into Government, he increased Rs. 5,280 to Rs. 6,500 and tweeted in December 2019 that the pensions given to millions of EOB employees are less. We are increasing the amount from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 8,500 from January 1, 2020.
Explaining the tweet of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Advisor to the Prime Minister Zulfi Bukhari said that the PTI Government is aware of the compulsions of EOB pensioners, so on the directive of the Prime Minister, we will gradually increase the EOB pension from January 2020 to Rs. 8,500. Yes, we will increase the budget to Rs. 10,000 in June 2020 and increase it to Rs. 15,000 in the coming years.
This was a big announcement. 700,000 elders were very happy and Imran Khan was praying for the Government. The Prime Minister increased his tweet from Rs. 6,500 to Rs. 8,500 in January 2020 and started regular payments. Rs. 8,500 was paid till January, February and March. Locked down by Corona, 700,000 elderly people in their homes were considering even a small amount of Rs. 8,500 as a big booty, dropped a bomb on the happiness of the poor working elders.
Due to the lockdown, 700,000 elderly laborers imprisoned in their homes are protesting where Zulfi Bukhari’s announcements have gone. Why PM Imran Khan is silent on economic murder of the poor? Millions of registered pensioners of EOB have paid Rs. 8,500 to the Prime Minister since May to double the joys of Eid, demanding implementation of Zulfi Bukhari’s announcement to increase the amount to Rs. 15,000 in phases and at the same time demanding to bring to justice those who have committed corruption of billions of rupees in the poor workers’ NEOB.
The Prime Minister’s move is being lauded at all levels. His move has saved the working class in general and the white-clad class in particular from a major crisis. Demand for withdrawal of decision to ease lockdown due to non-implementation of Government SOPs after easing of lockdown by the Prime Minister and relaxation of the
people imprisoned in their homes for a month is gaining momentum.