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Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah.

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Sharjah Ruler orders 43% police pension increase

 

DUBAI – The Ruler of Sharjah has ordered a 43 percent increase in the pension of hundreds of retired police officers in the emirate.

The pension is now Dh17,500 instead of Dh10,000 and will be paid on a pro-rata basis and backdated to January 2018.

Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, approved the pension increase, which is going to benefit 453 retirees.

“Policemen work amid many dangers, and are exposed to many accidents that may lead to death in the line of duty, such as the incident of the late Lt Saif bin Rashid Al Tunaiji, who was shot dead during a raid,” Sheikh Dr. Sultan said on Sharjah Radio.

The Sharjah Ruler said that financial aid provided by Department of Social Services to policemen is not enough.

“Sometimes the aid would be stopped if the retired person started a small project that may be considered a source of income. I told them [DSS] that this is a living God gave to him, so why do you cut off the amount you were giving him?” Sheikh Dr Sultan said.

“I give to my children without favour, and I say to those who gave us their youth and energy – we apologise for the delay,” he said, adding that the Sharjah Government will also look into solving the retirees’ financial woes.

“I will deal with their problems and debts, and this file is in front of me now and I will start working on it,” Sheikh Dr Sultan said. ICA/Expat Media


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