Deputy Speaker


THE GILGIT BALTISTAN LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
DEPUTY SPEAKER
SALARIES, ALLOWANCES AND PRIVILEGES) ACT 2010

AN

ACT

to provide for the Salaries, Allowances and Privileges of the Deputy Speaker Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly.

Whereas it is expedient to provide for the Salary, allowances and privileges of the Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Gilgit Baltistan for the purpose herein-after appearing;

It is hereby enacted as follows:

1. Short Title and Commencement.— This Act shall be called the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker (Salaries, Allowances and Privileges) Act No. III of 2010.

It shall come into force at once.

2. Definitions.— (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, the following expressions shall have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say-

a) 'Order' means the Gilgit-Baltistan (Empowerment and Self Governance) Order 2009.

b) 'Family' means the parents, the wife, legitimate and step children residing with and wholly dependent upon the Deputy Speaker.

(a) 'Government' means the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan.

(b) 'Maintenance' means in relation to a residence includes the payment of local rate, local taxes, electricity, gas and fuel charges and the conservancy charges;

(c) 'Deputy Speaker' means Deputy Speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly;

(f) 'Official Residence' means the house reserved from time to time for use by a Deputy Speaker and includes out houses and gardens appurtenant thereto.

(2) Words and expressions used but not defined in this Act shall have the same meanings assigned to them in the Order.

3. Salary.— The Deputy Speaker shall be paid a salary at the rate of fifty thousand two hundred and fifty rupees per mensem.

4. Allowances on Taking up and Laying Down the Office.— (1) The Deputy Speaker shall be entitled to claim actual expenses to the extent mentioned below from his ordinary place of residence to the seat of Government on taking up office and from the seat of Government to his ordinary place of residence on laying down office;

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

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

(c) the actual cost of transporting house-hold effects not exceeding 4700kg, 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.

5. Sumptuary Allowance.— The Deputy Speaker shall be entitled to receive a sumptuary Allowance of twenty thousand rupees per mensem.

6. Equipment Allowance of the Deputy Speaker.— the Deputy Speaker on appointment shall receive equipment allowance of ten thousand rupees:

Provided that no such allowance was received by him during the life time of Assembly as a Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker or Minister.

7. Official Residence.— (1) The Deputy Speaker shall be entitled, without payment of rent to the use of an official residence including accommodation on tour throughout his term of office and for a period of fifteen days immediately thereafter, and the charges for its maintenance including electricity and gas charges shall be borne by Government, the residence shall be furnished by Government at a cost not exceeding five hundred thousand rupees in case of a building reserve for this purpose at the first term and three hundred thousand rupees for any subsequent term. The term furniture will include carpets and curtains but will not include the cost of two air conditioners and one refrigerator to which the Deputy Speaker is otherwise entitled.

(2) If, at the time of entering upon office, an official residence is not available, the Deputy Speaker shall, until such residence is provided by the Government, be paid the actual expenditure incurred by him on furnished accommodation for himself and his family subject to a maximum of forty thousand rupees per mensem.

(3) Where a Deputy Speaker chooses to reside.—

(i) in his own house; or

(ii) in a rented house occupied by him before his appointment:

He may be paid a monthly sum of forty thousand rupees in lieu of the official furnished accommodation and to cover all expenses on its maintenance. The charges for consumption of Electricity and Gas of the said house shall be borne by Government.

(4) The Deputy Speaker shall be entitled, without payment of rent, to the use of Government Guest Houses, Circuit Houses, or other Rest Houses wherever such accommodation is available, whenever he is on official duty.

8. Traveling Allowance for Touring in Gilgit Baltistan or Pakistan.— (1) Subject to the provisions made hereinafter the Deputy Speaker traveling on official duty shall be treated as a first grade officer.

(2) A Deputy Speaker may, if the public interest so demands, travel by air, in which case he shall be entitled to - -

(a) business class air fair paid for himself;

(b) cost of transporting personal luggage upto 120kg, inclusive of the free allowance given by the air company;

(c) take with himself his wife whether traveling by a commercial aeroplane or by a requisitioned aeroplane;

(d) cost of transporting upto two personal servants by the lowest class of accommodation by rail or steamer;

(e) carriage of personal luggage by rail or steamer, subject to a maximum of 120kg; and

(f) claim the actual premium paid for insuring himself for the air journey for an amount not exceeding one hundred thousand rupees.

(3) The Deputy Speaker, when traveling on duty by rail in Pakistan shall be entitled to--

(a) requisition at the cost of Government-

(i) an ordinary first-cum-second class carriage or a ‘B’ class tourist car, or an ‘A’ class tourist car, if a ‘B’ class tourist car is not available; or and

(ii) if the vehicle specified at (i) above are not available, or are not desired, an ordinary four berthed first class compartment or a two berthed air conditioned (coupe) compartment;

(b) take with himself in the reserved accommodation without payment of any fare, his family members not exceeding four when traveling in a requisitional railway compartment;

(c) take with himself upto two personal servants by the lowest class of accommodation available; and

(d) the carriage of personal luggage upto 120kg when traveling by a railway compartment or upto 200kg when traveling by a requisitioned railway saloon.

(4) The Deputy Speaker reserving accommodation in the railway shall be required, before beginning the journey, to have the number and other details of the tickets purchased for the persons traveling with him in the reserved accommodation, enter on the requisition form by the Station Master of the Station from which the journey is to commence.

(5) The Deputy Speaker, when traveling on duty in Pakistan by steamer or a launch, shall be entitled to—

(a) draw the actual fare paid for himself;

(b) take with him upto two personal servants by the lowest class of accommodation available; and

(c) the carriage of personal luggage upto three mounds.

(6) When the Deputy Speaker travels on duty, in the public interest, by road between places connected by railway and chooses to forego the privileges granted under sub sections (3) and (5) he may, where the journey is performed in a vehicle not owned or maintained by Government, draw--

(a) traveling allowance at the rate of five rupees per kilometer for his own journey by road; and

(b) actual expenses of the transport of –

(i) two private servants; and

(ii) all his personal luggage, including stores carried for consumption on tour.

9. Traveling Allowance for Tour Abroad.— the Deputy Speaker traveling on official business, outside Pakistan shall be entitled to first class air fare and such allowance as may be specified by Government from time to time.

10. Daily Allowance During Halt.— The Deputy Speaker while on tour shall be entitled to draw an allowance at the rate of five thousand rupees per day or at such rates as may be determined by the Finance Committee of the Assembly from time to time for the duration of his halts on tour:

Provided that –

(a) in respect of a place of halt, one-half daily allowance shall be admissible for –

(i) the day of arrival;

(ii) the day of departure; and

(iii) the day of the arrival and departure if the Deputy Speaker arrives and departs on the same day; and

(b) for such continuous halt on tour exceeding ten days daily allowance shall be admissible:-

i) for the first ten days, at the full rate;

ii) for the next twenty days or part, thereof at three-fourth of the full rate; and

iii) for the remaining period, at one-half of the full rate.

Explanation.— A halt on tour shall be treated as continuous unless terminated by an absence at a distance from the halting place exceeding 7km, for a period including not less than seven nights.

11. Compensation in Case of Air Accidents.— (1) If a Deputy Speaker, while traveling by air, on official duty by any flight scheduled or unscheduled (including flight in a Government owned aircraft of any type) dies or receives any injury as a result of an accident, Government shall pay to the person or persons referred to in sub-section (2), a sum of rupees twenty hundred thousand in the case of death and an amount to be determined by Government having regard to scales of compensation applied by insurance companies in like cases in the case of injury.

(2) The compensation shall be payable in the case of injury to the Deputy Speaker, and in case of death, to such member or members of his family, or (if there be no such member) to any other person or persons as may be nominated by him, and in the absence of such nominating to his heirs.

(3) A nomination under sub-section (2) may be made, revoked, or altered by a notice in writing signed by the Deputy Speaker and addressed to the Accountant-General Gilgit-Baltistan.

12. Dearness Allowance.— The Deputy Speaker may draw a sum of ten thousand rupees per mensem.

13. Controlling Officer.— the Speaker shall, for the purpose of traveling allowances be the controlling officer of the Deputy Speaker.

14. Transport.— A Deputy Speaker shall be entitled to the use of two official cars maintained at Government expense throughout his terms and for a period of fifteen days immediately thereafter.

15. Discretionary Grant.— A sum of ten hundred thousand rupees per annum shall be placed at the disposal of the Deputy Speaker for making discretionary grant in such manner as may be prescribed.

16. Medical Facilities.— (1) the Deputy Speaker residing in Gilgit Baltistan shall be entitled for himself and his family free indoor as well as outdoor medical facilities of the standard admissible to a class-I Officer of the Government.

(2) the Deputy Speaker residing outside Gilgit Baltistan shall be entitled to receive for himself and his family:-

a) in case of hospitalization in a Government Hospital, the actual expenditure incurred by him; or

b) in case the facility under clause (a) is not available, the actual expenditure incurred in a Private Hospital, duly verified by the Deputy Speaker:

Provided that a certificate of non availability of the requisite facilities in the concerned Government Hospital shall be necessary.

17. Leave.— The Governor may grant to the Deputy Speaker during his term of office at any one time or from time to time leave of absence for urgent reasons of health or private affairs for a period not exceeding one month in a year;

Provided that such leave may be accumulated for a period not exceeding three months for whole term. The leave salary of the Deputy Speaker shall be the same as admissible to him under section. 3

18. Provident Fund.—(1) the Deputy Speaker may, at his option, become a subscriber to the General Provident Fund, and if he so opts, he shall subscribe to the fund as a compulsory subscriber in accordance with the General Provident Fund Rules.

(2) A temporary advance may be granted to the Deputy Speaker from the amount standing to his credit in the General Provident Fund at the discretion of Government for the purpose of which such advance may be granted to a subscriber under the said rules.

(3) The grant of a temporary advance under sub-section (2), shall, unless the Government otherwise directs, be subject to the condition to which an advance granted to a subscriber under the said rules.

19. Holidaying Abroad.— (1) The Deputy Speaker may, while holidaying abroad, draw his full pay in foreign currency for the period of holiday spent abroad.

(2) When the Deputy Speaker is holidaying abroad and draws his pay in foreign currency, he shall not be liable to pay income-tax, provident fund subscription etc., in foreign currency, but he can make arrangements to pay such amount in rupees in Pakistan.

(3) The expenditure in foreign exchange involved under this Act shall be adjusted against the foreign exchange allocation placed at the disposal of the Government for each relevant shipping period.

(4) Where the pay is drawn in foreign currency by the Deputy Speaker he shall not be eligible to receive foreign exchange allocation from the State Bank of Pakistan in any other capacity.

20. General.— (1) All reasonable precautions shall be taken to see that official residence, transport and furniture provided to the Deputy Speaker by Government are used with the same care with which a person's own property is taken care of.

(2) All furniture and furnishings provided in an official residence shall be marked by the Works Department, of Gilgit-Baltistan, for the purpose of identification.

(3) When the Deputy Speaker occupies an official residence it shall be the duty of the officer concerned of the said Department, to hand over the charge of the furniture and furnishing in that residence to the Deputy Speaker or to a person authorized by him in writing according to an inventory to be drawn up and signed by such officer.

(4) When the Deputy Speaker is about to vacate the official residence, he shall inform the officer concerned of the said Department, and shall arrange that the furniture and furnishings of the official residence are handed over to that officer according to an inventory to be drawn up and singed.

(5) The officer concerned of the said Department, may from time to time inspect an official residence, its furniture and furnishings with the prior approval of the Deputy Speaker.

21. Telephone.— The Deputy Speaker shall entitle at government expenses to the use of two telephones at his residence and mobile phone shall not exceed the amount equal to ten thousand local calls collectively for residence telephones including the mobile phone charges.

22. Charge Report.— The Deputy Speaker shall not be required to sign a charge report on taking up office as Deputy Speaker or on laying down that office.

23. Power to Make Rules.— The Government may make rules to carry out the purpose of this Act.

(Wazir Baig)

SPEAKER

Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly

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