Punjab Mazdoor Card still an unkept promise

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The Punjab government has ‘failed’ to fulfil its promise of launching “Punjab Mazdoor Card” to 1.2 million registered labourers across the province.

Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) has announced plans to launch the labour card after opening accounts of 1.2 million workers with the help of the Bank of Punjab for the first time to ensure timely payment of financial benefits.

The labourers working against minimum wages were registered to provide them with ATM-based debit card and mobile vaults and it would give benefits such as concession of five to 45 per cent at more than 150 outlets (grocery, clothing etc.) to raise minimum wages close to the living wages.

The workers were being paid financial benefits under the social security at their homes through the PESSI Cash Benefit mobile app within 10 days.

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