MoE engineers demand super skill allowance
KABUL (Pajhwok): Dozens of construction engineers of the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Sunday staged a protest rally against what they claimed non-payment of “supper skill allowance” and warned to continue their protest if the problem was not resolved.
Some 60 MoE construction engineers gathered in front of the Presidential Palace, saying they had not been paid the allowance from the past 14 months.
They chanted:“We want our legal rights”, “we want to meet with the president about our problem.”
They said they had been busy in hard construction works of the MoE in rural and insecure areas, but they were yet to receive their allowances.
Shah Wali Stanikzai, an engineer at the MoE’s development department, said he was working with the ministry for the last four years, but remained deprived of his super skill allowance.
He said MoE engineers should receive 35,000 afghanis per month in super skill allowance based on a presidential decree of former president Hamid Karzai.
“We currently receive only 9,500 afghanis as our regular salary, we have not been paid the super skill salary for 14 months,” Stanikzai said.
Saif Rahman Adil, a protestor and engineer at MoE possessing a copy of the presidential decree, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the current government should not ignore their day and night efforts.
He said they got morally affected when their rights were not paid. “The super skill allowance of the third grade job is 45,000 afghanis, for the fourth grade 35,000 afghanis and for the fifth grade 25,000 afghanis,” Adil added.
Meanwhile, MoE spokesman Kabir Haqmal confirmed that 83 engineers of the ministry had not received their super skill allowance for the past one year.
He said the super skill allowance was withheld after the national unity government came into power.
MoE had shared the issue with the Presidential Palace last year, but the palace said the engineers were not eligible to receive the allowance because they were members of the civil service.
Based on the law of civil service, people working under the civil service can receive regular salaries only. Haqmal said the protestors should return to their job and accept the law.
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