MANDI BAHAUDDIN-Following complaints, the district administration has vowed to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court orders regarding payment of brick kiln labourers according to the rates fixed by the government.

Chairing a District Vigilance Committee meeting at his office, DCO Imtiaz Niazi said that he would not tolerate any excuse from any quarter in this regard. The meeting was attended by DOC Haji Afzal Warriach, DSP Ilim Din Gujar, Social Security Officer Azhar Nadeem, Literacy Coordinator Naila Noreen, Jaweria Sadaf, Nagina Sadaf, Bushra Qudsia, Kiln Union President Fateh Sher, Umar Hayat and Imtiaz Hussein.

Earlier, DSP and DLO in their briefing told the meeting that during the period under review, no complaint was received by any worker regarding bonded labour and less payment of wages. Literacy Coordinator Naila said that five schools had been established in vicinity of kilns for imparting education to the children of the labourers whereas 150 schools under literacy programme were already functioning in the district.

However, president of Kiln Association complained that wages were not being paid according to the Supreme Court orders. He demanded 100% implementation of the SC order on the subject.

The DCO directed DSP and DLO to investigate into the complaint of the kiln president and ensure full payment to labourers. In case the complaint is genuine the concerned kiln owners should be taken to task under the law, he said.

He also directed the coordinator literacy to open more schools for the children of labourers. With regard to financial help, the DLO told the meeting that Rs20 million were distributed to widows of workers and 6.5 million would be paid more to remaining widows when the amount was released.