Lahore:Punjab Labor Minister Haji Ehsaan-ud-Din Qureshi has said that Punjab’s efforts at curbing child labour have been appreciated by ILO in its report and the US State Department, whereas, ILO is playing to address bonded and forced labour in the world. He said that labour department has provided Rs.75million interest free micro credit among brick kilns workers in two districts for the elimination of bonded labour, child labour, exploitation of brick kiln workers. He said that a special project has been launched to strengthen law enforcement against internal trafficking and bonded labour in the province.
While talking to a delegation of industrial workers regarding International Children’s Rights Day, Haji Ehsaan-ud-Din Qureshi said that 200 non-formal education centers are providing 7000students at brick kilns in Lahore and Kasur districts whereas about 5700 workers were facilitated to acquire CNICs. He told that veterinary staff visited 154 brick kilns and provided treatment to 448 animals of brick kiln labourers. He said that the department organized health camps at brick kilns and free of cost treatment was provided to 1300 labourers.
He maintained that free education including books, stationery, transport and uniform are also being provided to 28 thousand children of workers in 49 workers welfare schools of the province. Welfare Board is bearing all educational expenses of the children of workers in those six districts of the Punjab where workers welfare schools are not existed, he concluded.