Govt exploiting GSP status successfully: Sarwar

LAHORE: Punjab Labour Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar Wednesday said that the Punjab government is taking all out measures to exploit the opportunity of GSP Plus status given by European Union.

Presiding over a meeting here, he said that much-long awaited GSP Plus status was significant to boost Pakistan’s economy, allowing the country to enhance its exports and creation of thousands of new jobs for the revival of industrial sector.

He said, four labour laws were amended to give fair representation to women workers in trade unions and different committees along with amendment in Maternity Benefits Act.

“Punjab Prohibition of Employment of Children Act and Amendments in the bonded labour system abolition act has also been prepared to combat bonded labour,” he added.

The Minister informed the meeting that a development scheme for elimination of bonded labour in selected districts of the province had been initiated with the cost of Rs 196.987 million along with another project to combat worst form of child labour at a cost of Rs 180.832 million.

Chief Minister Punjab has also approved an integrated project to make the province free from bonded and child labour at a cost of Rs 5159.629 million, Sarwar said.

He said, the government has provided inspection kits to inspectors to ensure occupational health and safety management system at the workplace as well.

Secretary Labour Farhan Aziz Khawaja, DG Labour Welfare Saleem Hussain, Director Labour Hasnaat Javaid and other concerned officers of the Labour Department attended the meeting.

Source: APP