Pending dues worth Rs30m released on Punjab ombudsman’s order

LAHORE: On the direction of Punjab Ombudsman retired Maj Azam Suleman Khan, approval has been granted for the release of Rs31 million as educational stipends, marriage and death grants to industrial workers for the period 2017-21 by the Punjab Workers Welfare Board.

38 applicants, including one Muhammad Ameen Sharif from Gujranwala, submitted applications to Khan’s office contending their educational stipends, marriage and death grant cases were lying pending.

Earlier, such cases were usually decided in a period of three months, they added.

It was submitted that all the cases of less payment of educational stipends for 2017-18 and all educational stipend cases for 2019-20 were still pending with the office of Director of Labour Welfare, Gujranwala (West) Division despite the fact that required documents have been provided by the applicants according to new rules.

During the course of the proceeding, the Labour Directorate’s representative apprised the office of Punjab Ombudsman that more than 200 cases have been approved while 300 plus cases would be accorded sanction in the next meeting.

Meanwhile, 80 cases of educational stipends for 2019 valuing Rs13 million have been approved, he said.

Alongside, the total value of 78 approved cases of marriage grant for 2019 was Rs10 million. Similarly, the value of approved death grant cases of 11 employees/heirs was Rs6 million, he added.

The applicants have thanked the office of the ombudsman for solving their problems.

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