Labourers prosperity top priority: Aslam Iqbal Five decades old social security act being revamped

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Punjab Minister Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal on Monday said that the common labourer community has a pivotal role in the stability of the economy and without providing them facilities neither the industry could run nor the institutions could move forward.

“More than 5 decades old Punjab Social Security Act is being amended to provide protection to the labourers and to give them maximum benefits.”

Punjab Minister Industries and Commerce Mian Aslam Iqbal said while addressing a consultative conference regarding the proposed amendment in Punjab Social Security Act under the auspices of Punjab Employees Social Security Institution, here on Monday.

Provincial Ministers – Ansar Majeed khan Niazi, Ch Akhlaq, Special Assistant on Investment Ahsan Baryar, Secretary Labour, Commissioner Punjab Employees Social Security Institution, President of various chambers of commerce Punjab and stakeholders attended the conference.

Minister Aslam Iqbal said the inspector-less regime has been introduced in Punjab so that no one could disturb the industrialists in the name of the inspections.

The Provincial Minister further informed that thousands of children of labourers were studying in 65 institutions of Labour Department.

However, a voucher scheme could also be introduced for providing educational facilities to children of the labourers.

The Minister said that an automatic registration system should be introduced so that employees could get themselves registered through automation.

Aslam Iqbal said a comprehensive and authenticated data of the common labourers could be useful for devising better policies and strategies in the interest of the labourers and practical measures should be taken for the collection of authenticated data in this regard.

Meanwhile, traffic police launched a crackdown on vehicle emitting smoke after the US Air quality index declared Lahore as most polluted city in the world.

Global air quality monitors have placed Pakistan’s Lahore city as the most polluted in the world on Monday.

According to a private TV channel, US Air quality index has ranked Lahore as the most polluted city in the world, with an air quality index (AQI) of 397 on Monday, which is categorized as “hazardous”.

Karachi came in 13th with an AQI of 139, which is categorized as unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Smog is a matter of concern for Pakistan since 2016, which mean breathing in hazardous air.

The Punjab government has taken strict action to contain smog, this winter.
In this regard, Punjab DIG Traffic Sohail Sukhera has directed all the Chief Traffic Officers and Traffic Heads of the province to take strict actions against the smoke emitting vehicles with immediate effects and launched a crackdown against them from today.

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