Minister visits brick kilns; takes action against child labour


Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Provincial Minster for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar paid a surprise visit of different brick kilns situated at Jia Bagga here Monday, to inspect the status of implementation of Restriction of Employment of Children at Brick Kilns Ordinance 2016.
District Officer Labour Lahore, Syed Hasnat Javaid and other related officers of labour department were also present at this occasion. During his inspection of Khalid and Manzoor Brick Companies, Minister Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar expressed his displeasure over presence of children under the age of 14 years, playing at brick kilns near their working parents and families.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar checked and ensured the admission status of these playing children in the nearby government schools by DOL Lahore.
The children present at brick kilns were however found inrolled in nearby Government Girls Primary School Karyal and were on leave due to their illness.
He expressed his satisfaction over hundred percent enrolement of children of the visited brick kilns in schools.
Raja Ashfaq Sarwar urged the parents, brick kilns owners and managers to make sure that no children under the age limit of 14 years are found even playing in the premises of the brick kilns.
They should stay at their residential quarters if on leave from school or sick, he added. Minister Labour ensured the parents of brick kilns that their children will be provided free education, books, stationary, uniforms, shoes and other educational facilities alongwith Rs. one thousand stipends per month as promised by Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.
Minister Labour Raja Ashfaq Sarwar directed the district administration to inspect all the brick kilns on regular basis without any discrimination are presence to successfully implement on Child Labour Ordinance and strick action should be taken against responsible found violating the law in this regard.

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