Mazari denies reports about discontinuation of pension, other benefits to PSB employees

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ISLAMABAD, (APP): Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ehsan-ur-Rehman Mazari has outrightly denied the reports about the discontinuation of pension and other benefits to the employees of the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).

A section of the press on Wednesday reported that an in-house meeting of the IPC ministry had declared the pension to PSB  officers/staff/officials illegal, and directed the concerned to take up the matter of discontinuing pension payment and devise another mechanism of benefit to the employees.

But the minister, who is also president of the PSB while chairing the 25th Board meeting here refuted the news item, assuring that all allied benefits would continue to be paid to the PSB employees and no one would be ousted from the service.

The terms and conditions of the employment of existing employees could not be changed during service as had already been decided by the honorable courts in a number of judgments, he added.

The PCB Board took a number of key decisions related to sports and athletes.

It was decided that the 14th South Asian Games (SAGs) would be staged in November 2023. However, input would be sought from the National Sports Federations about venues of different competitions of the games.

The panel also decided that as per the government policy, the PSB would sponsor the athletes, who had the potential to win medals and bring laurels to the country. However, the POA might like to sponsor more players for the forthcoming Commonwealth and Islamic Solidarity Games. “If the athletes will shine at the international level, the government/PSB will not only reimburse their participating expenditures but lucrative cash incentives will also be granted to them,” it was announced.

The board also approved the enhancement of rates of boarding and pocket allowance
for the camp trainees and fixation of rates of special/extra diet to the potential
athletes.

It ratified the affiliation of the Pakistan Amateur Circle Kabaddi Federation and gave it 60 days to complete the required documents as per approved affiliation criteria.

The board suspended the affiliation of the Pakistan Weightlifting Federation for being
involved in a number of malpractices apart from doping issues.

It unanimously agreed to grant provisional affiliation to the Pakistan Long Range Rifle Association with the PSB for a period of one year as provided in the Constitution of PSB.

It was decided that the Ministry of IPC would take up the case with the Ministry of Interior for the vacation of Liaquat Gymnasium from Pakistan Rangers Troops within a week time.

The board ratified the adoption of a minimum gross salary of Rs 25,000 per month for the PSB employees as notified by the Finance Division.

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