Pun­jab govt’s ef­forts to elim­i­nate child labour hailed

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

LAHROE—Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Labour and Hu­man Re­source Raja Ash­faq Sar­war has said that the del­e­gates from dif­fer­ent coun­tries par­tic­u­larly from South Asia and Mid­dle East have lauded the ef­forts of Pun­jab Gov­ern­ment for elim­i­nat­ing the child labour from the brick kilns of the prov­ince, en­rol­ment of brick kiln work­ers’ chil­dren to schools, pro­vi­sion of stipend through Khid­mat Cards along with free ed­u­ca­tion, books, uni­forms, shoes and sta­tion­ary.

He said this while ex­chang­ing views with Sec­re­tary Labour & HR Nawazish Ali who par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Global Labour Con­fer­ence held in Geneva where Global com­mu­nity was given brief­ing re­gard­ing the mea­sures taken by Pun­jab Gov­ern­ment for wel­fare of labour com­mu­nity and poli­cies par­tic­u­larly elim­i­na­tion of child labour and the work on labour rights.

The Min­is­ter said that the par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence were briefed by the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Pun­jab re­gard­ing ro­bust mea­sures be­ing taken for elim­i­na­tion of child labour declar­ing it a crim­i­nal of­fense as more than 8000 in­spec­tions of brick kilns were made whereas more than 500 brick kiln own­ers were ar­rested and 213 con­victed by courts. The par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence were in­formed that due to the steps taken by Pun­jab Gov­ern­ment, the in­ci­dence of child labour at brick kilns has dropped from 28% to less than 2%.

To en­cour­age the en­rol­ment of chil­dren at Schools, an ini­tia­tive of Rs. 2000/- per fam­ily at time of en­rol­ment whereas monthly stipend of Rs. 1000/-per child has been en­sured along with pro­vi­sion of free ed­u­ca­tion, books, uni­forms and other ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties, he added. As a re­sult of this strat­egy, most of the chil­dren have been en­rolled and more than 7000 Khid­mat Cards for cash trans­fers have been provided af­ter due ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

The min­is­ter fur­ther in­formed that the is­suance of com­put­er­ized CNIC to brick kilns work­ers for dis­tri­bu­tion of Khid­mat Cards has been en­sured. The key fac­tors for the suc­cess were clear po­lit­i­cal com­mit­ment, use of an­droid tech­nol­ogy for geo-tag­ging of brick kilns and col­lec­tion of data of work­ers and their chil­dren, a ro­bust MIS sys­tem, which geo-tag and time stamps the in­spect­ing of­fices and pro­vi­sion of so­cial se­cu­rity sup­port.

It is also per­ti­nent to men­tion that no prov­ince ex­cept Pun­jab sent their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to this an-nual In­ter­na­tional Labour Con­fer­ence al­though Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif had in-cluded their two fig­ures each in the Pak­istan del­e­ga­tion.

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