Labour tower hostels on the cards, says CM Decides on Int’l Expo Centre during meeting with Abdul Razzaq Dawood

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Amraiz Khan

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar chaired a special meeting held to review performance of the Labour Department at CM office on Sunday.

Speaking at the meeting, the chief minister said that a Labour Tower will be constructed in Lahore under the supervision of the Labour Department.

Usman Buzdar also directed to review the proposal of setting up of hostels for the labours and industrial workers.

It was principally decided in the meeting to turn Punjab Employees Social Security Institution and Punjab Workers Welfare Funds into smart organizations.

The meeting further decided that COMSATS will establish a campus on the land of the Labour Department in Defence Lahore where 30 per cent of children of labour and workers will get free education.

Usman Buzdar said that land of the Labour Department worth Rs2 billion has been evacuated from the Qabza Mafia.

Similarly, 144 flat of labour and workers in Sheikhupura, Kot Chatha and other areas got vacate from Qabza Mafia as well.

He further maintained that the minimum wage of the workers in Punjab has been fixed to Rs. 20 thousand adding that incumbent government, during its two and a half year tenure, has given raise of Rs. 5000 in the minimum wage of labours and workers.

He said that free of cost medical facilities have been provided to a common man in Social Security Hospitals of Lahore and Muzaffargarh.

Usman Buzdar directed to complete the construction of 720 flats project for the workers and labours at the earliest.

He further directed the concerned authorities to take solid measures for curbing child labour.

He said that Social Security Hospitals are being constructed in Taunsa, Sargodha and Faisalabad, whereas the cardiology department has been established in Khawaja Farid Social Security Hospital in Multan for the labours. 98 per cent of payments are made online for Social Security Card.

He said that the marriage grant has been increased from one lakh to two lakh. Similarly, the amount under the head of death grant has also been increased from five lakh to six lakh. Free online service is being provided for the registration of factories. The meeting also reviewed the proposal of setting up of PESSI Medical College & Nursing School.

Secretary Labour gave the detailed briefing of departmental performance and measures taken for providing facilities to the workers. Provincial Minister Labour Ansar Majeed Nizai, Principal Secretary to CM, Secretary Labour, head of Special Monitoring Unit and concerned officials were present on this occasion.

Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razzaq Dawood met Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Sunday and principally decided to set up a state-of-the-art International Expo Centre in Punjab.

The Chief Minister directed the departments concerned to take all necessary steps in this regard at the earliest. The matters of promotion of Cooperative Agricultural Farming in Punjab came under discussion during the meeting.

The meeting also reviewed the proposal of setting up of Plug & Play Centre in Multan for the stitching industry. The Chief Minister asserted that incentives will be offered to cotton and other cash crops growers and Punjab will be turned into a model region for cotton production.

Provincial Ministers Hashim Javan Bakht, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Secretaries of Industries, Planning and Development departments, Chief Executive Officer Punjab Board of Investment and Trade and other concerned officials were also present on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar taken notice of a kidnapping and murder of a child in Karyala Chakwal and sought a report from RPO Rawalpindi.

The Chief Minister directed for the immediate arrest of the accused and fulfill the requirements of the justice. Usman Buzdar assured justice to the bereaved family of the child and extended heartfelt sympathies and condolences with them.