LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a comprehensive package of far-reaching reforms for removing hurdles to laws for bringing women into mainstream. Addressing a function to mark the Women’s Day at Aiwan-e-Iqbal here Saturday, he also announced regularisation of lady health workers. He said child marriage act, dowry and gift to the bride act, marriage functions act, guardian and ward act, marriage certificate, Punjab land revenue act and the law regarding distribution of assets are being amended by the Punjab government. Moreover, a provincial commission on women has been set up. The government is also introducing a comprehensive policy regarding domestic servants and registration fee on birth certificate is being abolished due to which registration of female children will be encouraged. Similarly, he added that only women contractors would be able to operate canteens in educational institutions of women, representation of women as office-bearers will be essential for trade unions, veterinary training programme will be launched for women. The government will arrange training for wives of workers and topics regarding equality between males and females would be included in the syllabus of schools. He said that such programmes have been included in the package which would directly benefit women.–Staff reporterThis news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 09-Mar-2014 here.