An Act to determine the salaries, allowances and privileges of the Advisors, Gilgit-Baltistan Council

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-I, 6th June, 2012]

No. C-1(2)/2012 GBC.—The following Act, passed by the Gilgit-Baltistan Council on 21st March, 2012 and authenticated by the Chairman, Gilgit-Baltistan Council/Prime Minister of Pakistan, is hereby published for general information.

WHEREAS it is expedient to determine the salaries, allowances and privileges of the Advisors and for matters connected therewith;

It is hereby enacted as follows:-

1.       Short title and commencement.—(1) This Act may be called the Advisors (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) Act, 2012.

(2)  It shall come into force at once and shall be deemed to have taken effect on the 7th day of October, 2011.

2.       Definitions.—(1) In this Act, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,—

(a)     "Advisor" means an Advisor appointed under clause (13) of Article 33 of the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009;

(b)     "Council" means the Gilgit-Baltistan Council established under the Article 33 of Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009;

(c)     "family" means the parents, spouse, legitimate children and step children residing with and wholly dependent upon the Advisor;


(d)     "maintenance" in relation to a residence includes the maintenance of furniture and furnishing, the payment of local rates and taxes and the provision of electricity and water;

(e)     "official residence" means the house reserved from time to time for use by an Advisor and includes the staff quarters and other building appurtenant to, and the gardens of, the residence but does not include Federal Lodges, Parliament Lodges, Government Hostel and a Government Rent House;

(f)      "prescribed" means prescribed by rules made by the Council; and

(g)     "year" means a year commencing on the 1st day of July and ending on the 30th day of June next following.

(2)  The words and expressions used in this Act and not defined shall have the meanings assigned to them in Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self-Governance) Order, 2009.

3.       Salary.—An Advisor shall receive a salary of seventy thousand three hundred and thirty one rupees per mensum:

Provided that if a person who, by virtue of his holding an office of profit in the service of Pakistan or the service of Gilgit-Baltistan declared by law not to disqualify its holder from being appointed as Advisor, is entitled to receive a salary, the amount of the salary to which he is entitled under this Act shall be only such amount as would not, together with the amount of salary calculated on a monthly basis to which he is entitled by virtue of his holding such an office, exceed seventy thousand three hundred and thirty one rupees per mensum.

4.       Equipment allowance.—On his first appointment, an Advisor may draw five thousand rupees, as an allowance for equipment himself:

Provided that, during the ten years immediately preceding to said appointment, he had not drawn an allowance for the same purpose upon election or appointment to the office of Governor, Speaker or Minister.

5.       Allowance on taking up and laying down the office.—(1) An Advisor shall be entitled to claim actual expenses to the extent mentioned below from his ordinary place of residence to the seat of the Council on taking up office and from the seat of the Council to his ordinary place of residence on laying down office.

(a)     the actual traveling expenses for himself and his family;

(b)     the cost of transportation personal servants, not exceeding two, by the lowest class of accommodation;

(c)     the cost of transporting household effects, not exceeding one hundred and twenty maunds, by goods train, steamer or other craft, excluding aircraft, and his personal car, if any.

(2)  No claim shall lie for any travel or transportation not performed within six months of the date of taking up or laying down office, as the case may be.

6.       Sumptuary allowance.—Every Advisor shall receive sumptuary allowance at the rate of six thousand rupees per mensum.

7.       Transport—(1) Every Advisor and the members of his family shall be entitled to the use of an official car maintained at the cost of the Council in accordance with the rules framed by the Council for the use of staff cars.

(2)  An Advisor who resigns his office but is not re-appointed may be allowed the use of the staff car provided to him for the same period for which he is allowed to retain official residence, but, during this period, he shall pay for the petrol and oil and for the official driver who will remain in charge of the car.

8.       Official residence.—(1) Every Advisor shall be entitled, without payment of rent, to the use of a residence throughout his term office, and for a period of fifteen days immediately thereafter, and no charge shall fall on him personally in respect of its maintenance.

(2)     The assessed rent of a house hired for the use of an Advisor shall in no case exceed seventy five thousand rupees per mensum.

(3)     The official residence of an Advisor shall be furnished by the Council at a cost not exceeding one hundred thousand rupees in accordance with such scale as may be prescribed by the Council from time to time:

Provided that spending of the whole of the aforesaid amount on any one item of furnishing shall not be permissible.

(4)     Lumpsum utility allowance of twenty two thousand rupees per mensum shall be paid to an Advisor for payment of utility bills.

(5)     All furniture and furnishing provided in the official residence shall be marked for the purpose of identification.

(6)     When an Advisor occupies an official residence, it shall be the duty of the officer concerned of the Council to hand over charge of the furniture and furnishings in that residence to the Advisor, or to a person authorized by him in writing, according to an inventory to be drawn up and signed.

(7)     When an Advisor is about to vacate an official residence, he shall inform the officer concerned of the Council and shall arrange for the furniture and furnishings of the official residence being handed over to that officer according to an inventory to be drawn up and signed.

(8)     The officer concerned of the Council may, from time to time, inspect an official residence, its furniture and furnishings with the prior approval of the Advisor.

9.       Payment on account of non-availability of official residence.—If, at the time of his entering upon office, an official residence as per entitlement is not available, an Advisor shall, until such residence is provided by the Council be paid subject to a maximum of seventy five thousand rupees per mensum.

10.     Payment in case of own house.—Where an Advisor chooses to reside in his own house, the Advisor may be paid a monthly sum of seventy five thousand rupees, in lieu of the furnished accommodation and to cover all expenses on its maintenance:

Provided that no furniture and furnishings shall be provided therein at the cost of the Council:

Provided further that, if the advisor holds his office in the house, the room used as his office shall be furnished at Council expenses:

Provided also that an Advisor shall be entitled utility allowance specified in sub-section (4) of Section 8.

11.     Residential telephone, etc.—(1) An Advisor shall be entitled to a telephone to be installed at his residence at Council expense and shall be exempted from payment of its rental and charges of calls made there from within Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

(2)  A casual telephone facility shall be provided to the Advisor during his tour within Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.

12.     Travelling allowance for journeys within Pakistan and Gilgit-Baltistan.—(1) Subject to the provisions made hereafter, an Advisor travelling on official duty shall be treated an officer of BPS-22.

(2)  Journey by rail—An Advisor shall be entitled—

(a)     to requisition at the cost of the Council a two-berthed or four-berthed first class compartment, including an air-conditioned compartment, if available on the train;

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