Lahore—Provincial Minister for Labour & HR Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that every member of society would have to play its pivotal role to eliminate the menace of child labour from society. Punjab government has initiated a comprehensive five year plan to combat worst form of child labour in four districts of the province including Jhang, Layyah, Jehlum and Chakwal with total cost of Rs. 180.832 million.
He said that while presiding over a meeting to review the progress of the project here today. Director General Labor Welfare / Project Director Muhammad Saleem Hussain informed the meeting that in 1st phase of the project, Punjab Labor and Human Resource Department under its 40 months programme, is imparting free primary education to more than 4200 children under the age of 14 years in its 120 Non-Formal Education Centers in cooperation with different active NGOs under public private partnership.
In 2nd phase of the project the department has launched three months duration literacy course and skills training programme to the students of 14 to 18 years age in 40 Literacy cum Skills Training Centers of these four districts of the province.
The department under this programme distributes free of cost tool kits for trained boys and girls according to their training trades so that these young students can earn their own living. He informed that out of 160 Literacy cum Skilled Training Courses, more than 100 LCST courses have been completed where 2500 adolescents have been imparted skill training whereas 500 students are completing training in 20 LCST centers.
Muhammad Saleem Hussain further informed that in 3rd phase of the project under Occupational Safety and Health measures 20 ‘Model Work Places’ have been established in these districts where employers, employees, under training students and industrial workers are made aware of Occupational Safety at their work place through practical demonstrations and video briefings.