Industrialists’ help sought for disposal of SWWB pending cases

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Caretaker Minister for Labour and Human Resources, Simon John Daniel on Wednesday called for immediate steps for the verification process to dispose of 2216 pending cases of workers welfare.
He sought industrialists/company owners’ intervention for disposal of these cases, pertaining to scholarships, marriage grants and death grants.
The Minister made this plea while presiding over a meeting regarding welfare measures for workers and their families here at Sindh Workers Welfare Board (SWWB), said a statement.
Simon John Daniel observed that funds were available with SWWB for disbursement to workers under various welfare schemes which were collected from companies/industrial units. SWWB rules of business require merely authentication/verification of workers credentials from relevant industrial unit/company, he added.
The Minister also directed to form a committee comprising officials of labour department, SESSI and SWWB at regional level to hold meeting with chambers of commerce & industries and mill-owner association to persuade them for verification of pending cases of workers’ families.
In this regard, he said that an awareness campaign should be launched through print and electronic media for the information and awareness of companies.
Responding to variation in the number of registered workers with Labour department, SESSI and SWWB, Simon John Daniel directed to create a centralized data of registered workers and computerization of all relevant record of workers.
He said that a smart card on the pattern of CNIC should be issued to each registered worker which would be valid for availing labour department, SESSI and SWWB facilities.
Earlier, the Minister was informed that during last three months Rs. 46.6 million have been disbursed to workers for 552 marriage grants cases pertains to Larkana region; Rs. 1.5 million for three death grants of Karachi region, while Rs. 0.5 million in a single case of death grant pertaining to Sukkur region.
The Minister was further briefed that 500 cases of scholarship; 200 marriage grants and 250 cases of death grants pertaining to Karachi region were pending due to delay caused in authentication/ verification by relevant industrial units/ companies.
Similarly in Hyderabad region 350 marriage grants and 250 death grants; in Sukkur region 77 scholarship, 500 marriage grants and 27 death grants; while in Larkana region 147 marriage and 15 death grant cases of workers families were pending due to non-cooperation of companies for verification.
Secretary Sindh Workers Welfare Board Syed Mehdi Shah, Director Finance Anwar Ausaf, Deputy Director Welfare Ahtisham and Deputy Director Technical Muzafar Shah and others were also present on the occasion.

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