DCO Shahid Niaz Mohammad has said that the government introduced labour welfare reforms and is giving top priority to eliminate the menace of bonded labour at brick-kilns and child labour.

He expressed the views while chairing a meeting to review a campaign against bounded labour at brick kilns here the other day. DO Labour Jamshed Farooq, DE IOC Ishtiaq Ahmed, Additional District Collector Syed Wajid Ali Shah, DSP Ghulam Mustafa Phur and other officials attended the meeting.

The DCO said that the government wanted to fight the menace of bonded labour, particularly the existence of bonded child labour in the district through the mobilisation of departments concerned and the civil society.

He said that liberated bonded labourers and activists of civil society organisations, trade unions, media persons, lawyers, human rights activists and other stakeholders would participate in the campaign. Showing concern over non-implementation of labour laws, he demanded that bonded labour abolition act 1992 and 1995 rules on bonded labour be implemented in letter and spirit and a parliamentary committee be constituted to review the existing laws.

scholarships:  The District Education Department in collaboration with the Punjab Education Endowment Fund (PEEF) arranged scholarship disbursement ceremony here the other day. DCO Shahid Niaz chaired the ceremony and distributed scholarship cheques among 676 students. The PML-N District President, Deputy Director Colleges Prof Mukhtar Ahmed, college principals and students attended the ceremony.  Addressing the ceremony, the DCO said that the scholarships would be given to students across the district. He said that providing equal opportunities and scholarships to the bright deserving students was a positive step of the Punjab govt.

He said that scholarships were awarded to students who took top positions in secondary school examinations. He said, "Bright and hardworking students should make use of this programme."