Islamabad, December 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): Pakistan is taking steps to streamline its reporting obligation on the ratified International Labour Conventions to the ILO’s Supervisory Bodies. In this regard, a joint action plan was agreed upon by the four provincial Labour Departments in a consultative workshop, jointly organized by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) and the ILO held from Dec 18-19, in Bhurban.
Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Raja Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Mr. Francesco d’Ovidio, ILO Country Director, Mr M. Javaid Gill, Central Labour Advisor MoHRD, Mr. Arif Elahi, Secretary Sindh Labour Department and Hassan Iqbal, Secretary Labour Punjab were also present on the occasion along with representatives of employers and workers.
Mr. Muhammad Ahsan Raja Federal Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development said, “With the passage of 18th constitutional amendment, labour has become a provincial subject, however, Ministry of Human Resource Development still has the responsibility to report on the ratified ILO Conventions to the ILO’s Supervisory Mechanism.
Thanking the ILO for its support to Pakistan he assured that the Government of Pakistan will continue to fulfill its commitments under the ratified ILO Conventions and coordinate with provincial labour departments to ensure for the application of international labour standards and its reporting to the ILO.
On this occasion, while talking to the Participants Mr. Francesco d’Ovidio, ILO Country Director said “In post 18th constitutional amendment, for the purposes of reporting on the International Labour Standards the vertical link between the provincial labour departments and the Ministry of Human Resource Development needs to be strengthened: Pakistan has ratified 34 ILO Conventions including 8 core conventions, however, an institutional arrangement still needs to be developed to ensure information flow among the federal and provincial governments on ILS reporting. ILO is ready to provide necessary technical assistance to the MoHRD and the provincial labour department to develop this mechanism”.
Mr. Arif Elahi, Secretary Sindh Labour Department and Hassan Iqbal, Secretary Labour Punjab in their respective presentations gave briefing about their respective departments, and also shared the existing practices on data collection and reporting on the ratified ILO conventions.
The representatives of Labour Departments from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan also made similar presentations. Mr. K. M. Nauman, President Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, Brother Zahoor Awan, and General Secretary Pakistan Worker’s Federation in their statement also stressed the need to improve Pakistan’s reporting on the International labour standards.
The workshop was attended by five-member delegations from all provincial Labour Departments. The workshop concluded with an action plan to be followed to improve Pakistan’s reporting on the ILO conventions which will enable the Ministry of Human Resource Development to seek timely reports from the provincial Labour Departments, discuss these reports with the representatives of employers’ and workers’ organizations before submitting it to the ILO’s Supervisory Bodies.
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