Friday, 5 February 2010

Monetize Perks NOW

The Daily Times carried the following today


‘Khusro Pervaiz highest-paid bureaucrat’

LAHORE: The commissioner of Punjab’s capital, Khusro Pervaiz, has become the highest-paid bureaucrat in the city, a private TV channel reported on Thursday.

The channel reported that while Khusro Pervaiz drew a monthly salary of Rs 334,000 as the project director of the Lahore Ring Road project, he was also receiving Rs 50,000 a month for holding the additional charge of the Lahore commissioner’s office. daily times monitor

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The civil servant has learnt to game the incentive system that seeks to keep cash salaries low and allows invisible perks to be distributed freely beyond public scrutiny.

Recently, they have given themselves all manner of allowances in the name of development and efficiency. Thus the Commissioner Lahore is now Project Director of Ring Road and a development office and hence draws those hefty salaries.

Let us remind ourselves of the role of Commissioner Lahore.

It is mainly a magisterial function i.e., his/her main task should be the maintenance of law and order.

Why then s he doing development?

The answer is obvious--to collect the allowances.

Will this help law and order? Answer "NO!"

The commissioner also get additional perks that we are not counting. A house in walled estate with a rental value of over Rs 300,000, all utilities paid, domestic servants (number unknown), cars with gas (number unknown), cheap club memberships to at least 2 elite institutions etc. Frequently government will give a civil servant of this rank land at heavily subsidized rates.

In my calculation an enterprising and well connected civil servant could easily cost the tax payer Rs 800,000 to Rs. 10,000,000 a month. Of course none of this is monitorable allowing the myth of a poor underpaid civil servant to be perpetuated.

IS IT NO TIME TO RID THE TAX PAYER OF THE BURDEN OF PERKS?

MONETIZE PERKS NOW!