Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed registration of all labourers associated with formal and informal sectors in the country so that their complete record could be available.
He said the steps taken for protecting the rights of labour community should be taken in phases.
Chairing a high-level meeting about the steps taken for the welfare of the labourers in the country, the prime minister said the real challenge was the implementation of the required laws for protecting the rights of labours and it needed full concentration.
The prime minister said it was a top priority of the government to protecting the rights of the society’s downtrodden sections, including labourers and domestic workers. He appreciated the steps taken in this regard by the Punjab government.
The meeting decided that after approval by the prime minister, the government was going to formally launch ‘Ehsas Programme for Labour’ under Ehsas Programme of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government.
The meeting was attended by Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Dr Sania Nishtar, Special Assistants Syed Zulfikar Bukhari, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, spokesperson Nadeem Afzal Chan, Special Assistant Yousuf Baig Mirza, Zahoor Awan, Majid Aziz, Shaukat Ali Khan, Dr Alia Khan, and Dr Laila Shahnaz.
Representatives of the International Labour Organization, World Bank, and Asian Development Bank were also present.
The meeting was told that the Ehasas Programme of the government for social welfare of the people was the biggest and a comprehensive programme, in which a total of 115 social welfare programmes were being set up for poor, widows, orphans, patients, vulnerable people, labourers, peasants, jobless and shelter-less and old people, poor students, women, and other weak segments of the society.
The prime minister was told that under the ‘Mazdoor ka Ehsas’ program, special attention was being given to the welfare of domestic and overseas Pakistani labours associated with various fields.
The prime minister was told that presently no proper and effective system was in place in the country for the welfare of the labour community associated with various formal and informal sectors.
The meeting was told that under the Ehsas Programme for Labour, Ehsas Labour Welfare and Social Protection Experts Group was being set up which would ensure to present recommendations for the welfare of the labour community working in various fields.
The prime minister was told that under the ‘Mazdoor ka Ehsas’ programme registration process for labours associated with formal and informal sectors would be implemented in the next one year which would help in ensuring the provision of pension and other facilities to the labour community.
The meeting was told that Ehsas Labour Welfare and Social Protection Experts Group would identify and remove shortcomings and lacunas in the present the labour laws so that it could be removed besides removal of corruption, exploitation and other problems in social welfare programmes for the labour community could also be removed.
Dr Sania Nishatar told the meeting that on the directives of the prime minister, the number of Community Welfare Attaches, posted abroad at the embassies, was being increased.
She said the Protector of Immigration offices had also been increased while a detailed pre-departure briefing would be given to the labours going abroad about the working condition, their rights and other affairs in the required countries.
The meeting was told that a Labour Market Information System was being initiated to ensure the protection of the labour’s rights.
The prime minister was also given a detailed briefing about progress on the labour laws and the legal and administrative steps for the welfare of the labour community at the provincial level.