Lahore—Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif paid surprise visits to brick kilns at villages adjacent to Kasur without any prior information today and reviewed the steps taken for elimination of child labour at kilns. The Chief Minister landed his helicopter at a village adjacent to Raja Jang, Kasur and visited brick kiln in this village and talked to the labourers. He also surprisingly landed his helicopter in the fields of Kumharanwali, another adjacent village to Kasur and visited nearest brick kiln. Seeing a minor boy Tariq working on the brick kiln, Shehbaz Sharif expressed strong indignation and ordered to provide admission to Tariq in the school and arrest the owner of brick kiln Babar Bhatti and take action against him as per law.
On the order of the Chief Minister, concerned police immediately arrested the owner of the kiln on violation of law of ban on child labour. Addressing the gathering of people and labourers working on brick kilns, the Chief Minister said that no one will be allowed to mortgage future of the nation against a few pennies. He vowed that pen and book instead of brick and mud will be given in the hands of innocent children. He said that resources will be provided for equipping the children working on brick kilns with education.
Shehbaz Sharif said that he will not rest content till the last child working on brick kiln is admitted to school. The Chief Minister said that his surprise visits to brick kilns have yielded substantial results with regard to elimination of child labour from brick kilns and he will continue to pay surprise visits to brick kilns in future as well. Shehbaz Sharif said that complete elimination of child labour from brick kilns is his mission and no effort will be spared for the accomplishment of this mission. He vowed that strict action will be taken on the complaint of taking labour from children at brick kilns.
Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has given best package for elimination of child labour from brick kilns. He said that a monthly stipend of one thousand rupees is being given to the children working on brick kilns whereas two thousand rupees will be given to the parents sending their children to school. He said that provision of education to the children working on brick kilns is a national obligation and we all including parents of the children will have to play their role for fulfilling it.
The Chief Minister said that all out resources will be provided for education of the children working on brick kilns. He said that Punjab government will bear all educational expenses of the children. He said that free uniform, books, shoes and stationery will be given to the children going to the school whereas transport facility will also be provided to the children of far-flung areas. He reiterated that the cruel system of taking labour from children at brick kilns will be eliminated at every cost.
Addressing to the labourers and parents of the children, Shehbaz Sharif said that Punjab government has given an excellent package for equipping their children with education, therefore, they should benefit from it and send their children to school for education as this is also their obligation and responsibility.