Two widows get relief after decades, thanks to Punjab Ombudsman Azam Suleman
LAHORE: The Office of the Ombudsman Punjab has mediated to provide a cumulative legal relief of over Rs.58 million to plaintiffs in response to 36 applications submitted to the regional offices against provincial government departments for the resolution of their problems.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the spokesman said the action taken by the ombudsman’s office helped Shamim Akhtar of Faisalabad to receive long-awaited pension arrears of her late husband worth Rs.41,05,155 from the health department after 13 years. Similarly, it also mediated to ensure that the irrigation department pays three lakh rupees to Khanewal’s Nishad Akhtar as financial aid for her late husband. She received this amount after 11 years.
The spokesman said that the heirs of Shaheed Dr Bashir Ahmad, Principal Medical Officer of Services Hospital Lahore have been paid eight million rupees under the shuhada package while 2,23,279 rupees have been given to two other plaintiffs of Faisalabad as the price for items supplied to DHQ hospital Toba Tek Singh.
The spokesman said that the different applicants of Lahore, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Muzaffargarh, Attock, Nankana Sahib, Gujranwala, Lodhran, Jhang and Bahawalnagar districts have received a collective relief of 1,36,87,058 rupees in their family pension cases. As a result of the separate action taken by the ombudsman office, overall relief of 1.742 million rupees has been provided to the applicants of different cities in their cases of non-payment of the farewell grant, GP and welfare funds, scholarships and group insurance amounts, the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, individuals belonging to Gujrat, Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Rahim Yar Khan have also been given over 7.7 million rupees as pending dues of leave encashment, financial aid and employment dues after the involvement of the ombudsman office.
The spokesman reported that the livestock, buildings departments, highway division and district accounts office of different districts have also paid the pending amounts worth 2.11 million rupees to complainants along with the provision of relief of 5,83,331 rupees to the Arifwala-based subject specialist.
Similarly, in response to the own-motion notice of the Ombudsman Punjab Major (R) Azam Suleman Khan, municipal committee Kot Addu has informed that 1,48,19,171 rupees have been paid to the employees as salaries and another amount of 47,31,407 rupees is given to the pensioners, concluded the spokesman. TF REPORT