Minister for early compensation to affectees

Sundar Industrial Estate incident

Salim Ahmed

minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment (ICI) Sheikh Alauddin has directed the concerned departments to remove bottlenecks in order to ensure early compensation announced by the Chief Minister Punjab to the families affected by building collapsed in Sunder Industrial Estates on 4th November 2015.
He was chairing the 1st meeting of the committee formed by the CM Punjab to examine and evaluate the actions in light of Chief Minister’s Instructions issued subsequent to the incident. Secretary ICI Dr. Mujtaba Piracha briefed on the subject.
The Secretary Labour Suhail Shehzad told that Total compensation as per package for 43 affectees was Rs.120,000,000/-, which was to be paid by the owner at the rate of Rs.2,000,000/- for each deceased, Rs.1,000,000/- for each injured with disability and Rs.500,000/- for each injured. He told that after paying Rs.20,000,000/-, legal heir of owner filed a writ petition in Lahore High Court with the plea that they had already paid the amount as per law.
He has also intimated that the Punjab Industrial Estates Development & Management Company (PIEDMC) had paid Rs. 7,200,000/- from own resources.
The Chair asked who would pay the remaining amount. The Additional Secretary (Admn) of ICI Department informed that as the payment of compensation in that case, was the subject of Labour & HR Department, so, that department may be asked to make such payments in coordination with the legal heirs of owner and Administration of PIEDMC. The minister all detail of affectees and paid amounts within two days. The house endorsed his point of view.
Secretary, Labour & HR Department also said that necessary amendments in the Workmen Compensation Act, 1923 including enhancement in compensation amount had already been framed and forwarded to the Provincial Cabinet for consideration. Secretary, IC&I Department informed that in order to overcome the issues, the draft law of Industrial Regulatory Authority Punjab (IRAP) was to be finalized shortly. He also intimated that Provincial Cabinet had approved amendments in Boilers and Pressure Vessel Ordinance, 2002 and the same would be presented by the Cabinet Wing of S&GAD to the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, for approval.
The Secretary, Labour & HR Department further informed that the summary of draft law titled “Punjab Occupational Safety and Health Law, 2016” would be submitted shortly to the Chief Minister for granting permission to forward it to the Cabinet Wing.

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