Punjab Labour Federation President Akram Naz alleged that various factories in the district were violating the labour laws and rules regarding the child labour. He was talking to media men here the other day.

He said that children up to the age of 8 to 12 years had taken duties of more than 14 hours in the factories against salary of Rs5,000 to Rs6,000 per month.

According to labour law any person below the age of 18 years was prohibited to work in a factory or any other organization, most of the factories including pharmaceutical, ice cream manufacturers, hosiery items manufacturers, glass factories etc. had employed the under ages boys to perform duties equal to an adult at salaries of Rs5,000 per month without overtime and other benefits, Naz said.

He urged the Secretary Labour and other high-ranking officials of the Labour Department to conduct surprise raids on the factories located on Lahore, Jaranwala-Sharqpur Road, Faisalabad Road and other roads to check the wrong goings.

Meanwhile, an NGO Shirkat Gah in collaboration with Umeed Foundation organised a seminar on child labour under the chair of Benish Dar in a local hotel here.

Speaking on the occasion, she said that that the scourge exists because of the failure of the state to provide free education at least to those who could not afford formal schooling.  “If education is made compulsory not just in theory but in practice with the govt providing books, lunch and a small monthly stipend.