Karachi, November 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that after Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah it was Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who framed labour laws, initiated their welfare schemes for workers and gave the concept of minimum wage.
This he said while addressing a ceremony to hand over 1024 flats and 200-beded hospital from federal government to Sindh Workers Welfare Board here at the CM House. The ceremony was attended by leader of opposition in the National assembly Syed Khursheed Shah, provincial labour minister Syed Nasir Shah, Provincial IT Minister Dr Sikandar Shoro, MPA Saeed Ghani, Secretary Labour Rasheed Solangi and others.
The chief minister said that Quaid-e-Azam founded the country and Quaid-e-Awam made it modern welfare state for workers by taking drastic steps such as enacting labour laws, fixing working hour and minimum wage, establishing residential schemes for them and providing them health and education facilities. “The work left incomplete by Shaheed Bhutto was completed by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto,” he said.
Murad Ali Shah said that on the directives of President [former] Asif Zardari his federal labour minister Syed Khursheed Shah had constructed 1024 apartments for workers in Sindh. After 18th amendment, the federal government is handing over these flats and hospitals to Sindh government’s workers welfare board. “It was out hectic efforts that finally we are taking over the flats and hospital,’’ he said.
He said that ‘roti-kapra aur makan’ is the mainstay of manifesto of Pakistan peoples party and “the Sindh government is going to hand over these flats to the workers through balloting to fulfil its manifesto,” he said. The chief minister said that the Worker Welfare Board, Sindh was part of federal government’s ministry of labour has been devolved to provincial government. “We have enacted Workers Welfare Fund Law and notified its board. The board has held its eight meeting so far.
He said that the provincial government has taken some important measures for the welfare of workers. They include allocation of Rs300 million for dowry grant out of which Rs80 million have been disbursed among the workers of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions. The remaining amount of Rs220 million would be disbursed during the next few months. He added that a death grant of Rs200 have also been disbursed among the heirs of the workers died during the current financial year.
Talking about scholarships, 2016-017, the chief minister said that Rs200 million have been allocated. The board has invited applications from the students and after their scrutiny the scholarships would be awarded to the deserving students. He also said that after the devolution of technical education projects of Workers Welfare Fund, their services of contract employees have been regularized.
Syed Murad Ali Shah announced that the repair and maintenance of the houses located in 31 colonies of workers and their 22 educational institutions is being started within next two months. He announced that the construction of 3008 flats in Karachi, 1500 in Hyderabad, 500 of Kotri, 200 of Nooriabad, and 96 of Larkana have been completed by 99 percent and “we are going to hand over their possession to workers through balloting.
Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also said that keeping in view the residential issues of the workers, the Sindh Workers Welfare Board is going to start construction of 4096 faults in Karachi, 2048 at Daharki-Distt Ghotki, 1504 Kotri, 256 Tando Mohammad Khan and 256 in Tando Allahyar.
Giving details of educational facilities for the children of workers, the chief minister said that the Worker Welfare Board is going launch six Workers Intermediate Colleges at Korangi, Landhi, New Karachi, Hyderabad, Ghotki, Sukkur and Workers Model School and college SITE area of Karachi, A Workers Model School Thatta and an at Ghotki.
Leader of opposition in the National assembly Syed Khursheed Shah addressing on the occasion said that the flats and a 200-beded hospital he had initiated during the tenure of PPP government. “They are so important for me that I escaped national assembly session today just to attend the handing over ceremony,” he said. Labour and Information Minister thanked the chief minister for sparing time to witness the handing over and taking over ceremony of 1024 flats and 200-beded hospital at Sukkur. He also gave details of the schemes being launched for workers.
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