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Int’l Labour Day: Punjab Govt Announces Rs20,000 Minimum Wage


LAHORE– Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, in the wake of Labour Day, has announced to fix the minimum wage of workers at Rs20,000.

The Chief Minister said that the welfare of the labourer and workers is the top priority of the government and Punjab is the only province that has given approval to fix the minimum wage at Rs 20,000.

The PTI government, in the last three years, has increased five thousand rupees in the minimum wage of workers and will continue to increase the minimum wage of workers in future as well. He bashed that formers rulers paid no attention to the welfare of workers and did not take any step in providing relief to this indigent class.

He mentioned that former rulers added only Rs 3,000 in the minimum wage of the labourers in their last five years tenure. He said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the modern Online Labor Inspection system has been introduced after eliminating the outdated system.

A Self-Assessment Scheme has been launched for ensuring transparent and easy payment of Social Security Contributions. The free of cost emergency medical services in Social Security Hospitals has been
ensured while Social Security Inspection has been limited to 20%.

Usman Buzdar said that Marriage Grant for workers has been increased from Rs100,000 to Rs200,000 whereas Death Grant has also been increased from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh. Online and transparent system
has been introduced for awarding scholarships to the children ofworkers and labourers. He said that flats have been allotted to the labourers in the labour colonies of Lahore, Nankana Sahib and Multan.

A transparent allotment of 992 flats has been made in Labour Housing Colony Multan. He said that apart from free education for thousands of children under the Punjab Workers Welfare Fund, Talent Scholarship,
Marriage Grant and Death Grant of Rs 7.25 billion is an open proof oflabour friendly policies of the incumbent government.

He was presidingover a meeting in connection with providing relief to the labours atthe CM’s Office. The Labour Secretary briefed the meeting about the steps being taken for the welfare of the workers. Provincial Minister for Labour Ansar Majeed, Principal Secretary to the CM, SecretaryLabour, Secretary Information and concerned officials were also present on this occasion.— HANDOUT