Shah­baz pays sur­prise visit to brick kilns

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Pun­jab Chief Min­is­ter Muham­mad She­hbaz Sharif went to vil­lage Jiya Bagga, 33 kilo­me­ters from La­hore, with­out any prior in­ti­ma­tion and landed his he­li­copter near a brick kiln.

The pur­pose of the sur­prise visit of Chief Min­is­ter She­hbaz Sharif was to re­view im­ple­men­ta­tion of the de­ci­sions re­gard­ing elim­i­na­tion of child labour from brick kilns. He re­viewed the sit­u­a­tion at three dif­fer­ent brick kilns of the vil­lage for sev­eral hours and also talked to the labour­ers. Talk­ing to the Chief Min­is­ter, the brick kiln work­ers said that the de­ci­sion of Mus­lim League-N govern­ment to rid the chil­dren of labour at brick kilns and to give them a monthly schol­ar­ship of one thou­sand ru­pees and a stipend of two thou­sand ru­pees to their par­ents is a poor-friendly step of the Mus­lim League-N govern­ment.

They said that it will also change the des­tiny of their fam­i­lies and save them from the op­pres­sive sys­tem. The Chief Min­is­ter ex­pressed strong in­dig­na­tion at see­ing a 13-year-old boy Muham­mad Dan­ish work­ing at a brick kiln and rep­ri­manded the owner.

He said that Muham­mad Dan­ish should be study­ing in Daan­ish School in­stead of work­ing at a brick kiln. He ex­pressed the hope that use of force will not be needed and the brick kiln own­ers will help in the education of chil­dren as they are fu­ture of the na­tion. He said that no one will be al­lowed to mort­gage th­ese chil­dren in re­turn for ad­vance pay­ment. She­hbaz Sharif an­nounced com­plete fi­nan­cial sup­port to the chil­dren work­ing at brick kilns and said that he will not rest con­tent un­til ev­ery child work­ing at brick kilns is en­rolled in school.

He said that education of th­ese chil­dren is a na­tional cause and Pun­jab govern­ment has al­lo­cated crores of ru­pees for this pur­pose. He said that all out funds will be pro­vided for the education of th­ese chil­dren. He said be­sides giv­ing a monthly schol­ar­ship of one thou­sand ru­pees to ev­ery child go­ing to school, the govern­ment will also bear his ed­u­ca­tional ex­penses.

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