Labourers’ role vital to strengthening economy: Askari

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Salim Ahmed

Caretaker chief minister Punjab Dr. Hasan Askari has said that labourers play a pivotal role in giving sound foundations to the national economy and added that trained human resource is the backbone of trade and industrial sectors. That is why, the target of durable socio-economic development cannot be achieved without giving due status to the working class.
He stated this while talking to provincial minister for labour & human resource and transport Nauman Kabir at his office on Thursday. During the meeting, different issues pertaining to the performance of public sector departments and official matters came under discussion.
Talking on the occasion, the chief minister said that constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan guarantees protection of rights of labourers and added that Punjab government is giving full attention to improve the lot of the working class. It is the responsibility of the government to give labourers and disfranchised segments their due status in the society. That is why, provision of quality educational and healthcare facilities to the labourers and industrial workers has remained the part of governmental priorities.
There is no doubt that exploiters of rights of labourers and industrial workers can never socially excel, he maintained. He said that trained human resource plays an important role in giving sound foundations to the economy. Keeping this thing in view, there is a need to give special attention to train and educate the human resource according to global market needs so that Pakistani workforce could be maximum accommodated in local and international markets.
He said that continuous implementation of skills development program is imperative for providing qualitative trainings to the human resource. Similarly, protection of rights of labourers and industrial workers should be ensured and steps should also be taken to stop the exploitation of rights of the brick-kiln workers.
Dr. Askari said that child labour is a cruel menace and the government has to eliminate it with solid steps. He said that livestock sector has tremendous potentials to benefit the country and its sustained development would tremendously benefit the economy. He said the livestock sector can be flourished to bring it at par with the developed countries by properly utilizing the modern technology and expertise and added that steps are needed to be taken to increase the production of milk and meat. It is the need of the hour to take full benefit of the opportunities available in agriculture, livestock and other sectors and improving the standard of training is also imperative for increasing the production in these sectors, concluded the chief minister.
Provincial minister Nauman Kabir apprised the chief minister about the performance of labour and human resource, livestock and transport departments.

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