MULTAN/SAHIWAL-Speakers at Labour Conference demanded the government on Tuesday to strictly implement amendments to Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 2012 and ensure enforcement of minimum wages law besides adopting solid measures for the eradication Bonded Labour in Pakistan.

The conference was organized by the Society for Protection of Rights of Children (SPARC) with the support of Action Aid and European Union in connection with the Antislavery Day.

Speaking on the occasion, former BZU VC Dr Karamat Ali, SPARC National Manager Kashif Bajeer, EDO Community Development Asif Ali Farrukh, former MPA Babo Nafee Insari, Project Officer Hyacinth Peter and others said the basic issue of bonded labour is the capitalism, poverty and  ignorance while unequal distribution of resources was the root cause of this menace. “It cannot not be eradicated until the system is changed,” he asserted. They demanded the government to adopt National Policy & Plan of Action as Provincial Plan of Action, form Provincial Steering Committees on bonded labour to oversee implementation of law and policy, make registration of brick kiln mandatory, issue social security cards to all bonded labourers, extend labour laws to the agricultural sector, form a high level provincial commission in Sindh and Punjab for undertaking a plan for structural changes, particularly land reforms and issue notification of minimum wages immediately.

In Sahiwal, Punjab Rural Support Programme Regional General Manager Niaz Hussain has stressed the need for elimination of child labour and importance of their education, saying that the credit for the success of the project goes to joint efforts of all stakeholders.

He was addressing the participants of the concluding ceremony of a workshop titled “Combating Abuser Child Labour,” held under the auspices of Punjab Rural Support Programme and ILO.

ILO Chief Technical Advisor Sujeva Fonsicka, EDO Community Development Muhammad Khalid Farooq, SCCI President Ch Arshad Hussain, DO Social Welfare Syed Alamdar Hussain Shah, DO Labour Syed Muhammad Haider, ILO Programme Officer Abdul Mateen Janjua and PRSP Project Manager Muzaffar Iqbal Khattak also addressed the workshop.

Speaking on the occasion, SCCI President Ch Arshad Hussain lauded the efforts of stakeholders of project and assured that this mission would continue and will make Sahiwal for other cities to emulate. ILO Chief Technical Advisor Sujeva Fonsica said that this project was a model for the entire Asia. He said that more than 7,000 child labourer getting rid of exploitative system of labour and become part of the journey for the country’s progress by learning skill and getting education. He lauded the hard work done by the district government.

PRSP Project Manager Muzaffar Iqbal Khattak also spoke on the occasion.

MEDIA ROLE PRAISED: The cooperation and support of the electronic and print media has played an important role in the progress of Islamia University Bahawalpur which led to improving its overall ranking in the HEC’s ranking as well as ensured public confidence in the credibility of the university. This was acknowledged by IUB VC Dr Muhammad Mukhtar while presiding over the meeting of heads of different departments.

He said that the media had highlighted the academic, research and other healthy activities in a positive way and IUB was grateful to it help the introducing the university at national and international level adding that this support encouraged the IUB to boost the social and economic conditions through community development programmes for productive results and social services.

The meeting was also attended by PTV Multan General Manager Rao Zulfiqar Farrukh who appreciated the ongoing academic and research progress in the University.

Speaking on the occasion, he remarked that the IUB was full of potential and talent at all levels which needed to be projected to explore new horizons for different fields as the academic and research progress in about 50 different departments of the University required to be highlighted at larger scale for productive results.