Pirzada for stringent penalties on bounded labour laws violation

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Minister for Human Rights Riaz Hussain Pirzada on Wednesday stressed upon imposing stringent punishments on violators of bounded labour laws to end discrimination of the masses facing exploitation for earning their livelihoods. Addressing the 3rd meeting of Inter-Ministerial and Inter- Provincial Steering Committee of National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, the Minister said there was a need of amendments in the existing laws to provide more stringent punishments against those violating the law and also to ensure provision of government assistance and rehabilitation programmes’ dividends to the victims of forced or bounded labor.

Pirzada said the inter- provincial coordination on Business and Human Rights should be continued among the federating units in line with the National Action Plan (NAP) without any interference from the federal government. The provinces or federating units should exercise their powers to ensure NAP recommendations extending human rights to all without the interference of the federal government, he added.

He said the federal and provincial governments should periodically revise the list of hazardous occupations and increase uniformity amongst various regulation regarding the working hours in industries.—APP