Salaries of passport office employees in 15 Pakistan missions abroad released
ISLAMABAD: Due to intervention of the Federal Ombudsman, salaries of Passport office employees working in 15 Pakistan Missions abroad have been released.
In his monthly report under Complaint Mechanism System, the Counselor of Pakistan Embassy Riyadh reported that due to delay in release of funds by IMPASS (Immigration and Passport), salaries could not be paid to the staff of that organization, therefore, requested to help in the matter.
Federal Ombudsman Syed Tahir Shahbaz referred the matter for investigation to Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmed Khokhar who took the matter with the Director General Immigration and Passport. The DG Immigration and Passport informed that Machine Readable Passport/Visa system was operational at 49 Pakistan Foreign Missions including Riyadh.
Due to shortfall of funds of Rs.5.395 million by the Finance Division, salaries were not released to the staff posted at different Pakistani Missions.
The Ombudsman office asked the D.G (I&P) and Finance Division to resolve the matter so that the payment of salaries could be made to the employees of IMPASS posted in different foreign missions.
Consequently, Ministry of Interior remitted the funds to 15 Pakistani Missions i.e. Abu Dhabi, Bradford, Chicago, Doha, Jeddah, London, Milan, Montreal, Muscat, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Pretoria, Riyadh and Singapore for payment of salaries of Immigration and Passport office staff posted in these foreign missions. – APP