Lahore—Newly appointed Secretary for Labour & Human Resource Department Sohail Shehzad, in his first meeting with Minister Labour & HR Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has shown his resolve to eliminate the menace of child labour from the province and ensure all out efforts to complete welfare-oriented projects of the labour community within stipulated period.
Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar welcomed the new Secretary Labour & HR in the department and expressed the hope that Sohail Shehzad will extend all out cooperation, utilizing his abilities and experience for the welfare of the labourers. Secretary Labour was briefed regarding the different initiatives and ongoing schemes of the department. Director General Labour Welfare Muhammad Saleem Hussain, Secretary Punjab Workers Welfare Board Shahid Zaman Lak, Senior Manager M&E Urban Unit Abdul Razzaq, Project Director Muhammad Rehan Nabi and other officers of the Department were also present on this occasion. Minister Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said that the department will utilize all available resources for the elimination of child labour below the age of 15 years from the province particularly in auto workshops, hotels and restaurants, petrol pumps and service stations in the light of the directions of Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif. He said that Provincial Child Labour Survey conducted by Bureau of Statistics had reached in its second phase. He further said that Labour along with Education Department and BOS is determined to get authentic information regarding the children involved in child labour in these three sectors. The department in collaboration with active and prominent NGOs has enrolled 1662 children under the age of 15 years in the formal and non-formal schools through social mobilization by convincing their parents and the employers. Moreover, as many as 1265 adolescents from the age of 15 to 18 years have been enrolled in different vocational training institutes in collaboration with Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) to impart a demand driven 6-month duration skills development training course. Briefing the meeting, Secretary PWWD Shahid Zaman Lak informed that Labour Welfare Complex Warburton Nankana Sahib, Workers Welfare Boys Primary School Sher-e-Bangal Colony Rana Town and Workers Welfare High School for Girls Dandot, district Jhelum will be completed this month. Shahid Zaman Lak apprised the meeting that PWWD has disbursed Rs.7 billion to the deserving families of industrial workers during the last five years whereas stipends are being given to more than 1600 children of industrial workers studying in medical colleges and 1000 students at COMSAT on regular basis. The computerization of welfare grants in the 9 districts with bigger population of labour community has been finalized and Federal Workers Welfare Board has approved the recruitment of technical staff to run this software which will help out in speedy redressal of grievances. Minister Labour directed the concerned officers to perform their duties diligently so that after completion of these projects, labour community could be benefitted from all these welfare projects.