KARACHI: Caretaker Minister for Labour and Human Resources Simon John Daniel on Wednesday has sought the intervention of industrialists/company owners’ for verification to dispose of 2,216 pending cases of welfare measures for workers’ families pertaining to scholarships, marriage grants and death grants.
The provincial minister for labour and Human resources made this appeal while presiding over meeting regarding welfares measure undertaken for workers and their families here at Sindh Workers Welfare Board.
Simon John Daniel observed that funds were available with SWWB for disbursement to workers under various welfare schemes which were collected from companies/industrial units adding that SWWB rules of business require merely authentication/verification of workers credentials from relevant industrial unit/company.
The caretaker minister also directed to form a committee comprising officials of labour department, SESSI and SWWB on a regional level to hold meeting with chambers of commerce and industries and mill owners’ association to persuade them for verification of pending cases of workers’ families. In this regard, he added that an awareness campaign should be launched through print and electronic media for the information and education of companies.
Responding to the variation in a number of registered workers with Labour department, SESSI and SWWB, Simon John Daniel desired to create centralised data of registered workers and computerisation of all relevant record of workers. He said that a smart card on the pattern of CNIC should be issued to each registered worker which would be valid for availing labour department, SESSI and SWWB facilities.
Earlier, in the briefing, the minister was informed that during last the three months Rs 46.6 million have been disbursed to workers against 552 marriage grants cases of Larkana region; Rs 1.5 million against three death grants of Karachi region, while Rs 0.5 million in a single case of death grant pertaining to Sukkur region.
The minister was further briefed that 500 cases of scholarship; 200 marriage grants and 250 cases of death grants pertaining to Karachi region were pending due to the delay caused in authentication/verification from relevant industrial units/ companies.
Similarly, in Hyderabad region, 350 marriage grants and 250 death grants; in Sukkur region, 77 scholarship, 500 marriage grants and 27 death grants; while in Larkana region, 147 marriage and 15 death grant cases of workers families were pending due to non-cooperation of companies for verification. Sindh Workers Welfare Board Secretary Syed Mehdi Shah, Director Finance Anwar Ausaf, Dy Director Welfare Ahtisham, Dy Director Technical Muzafar Shah and others were also present on the occasion.