HYDERABAD - Sindh Labour Minister Ameer Nawab Khan has said that the concept of provincial autonomy is meaningless as long as resources are under the control of federal government. He said that the Constitutions 18th Amendment was not being implemented and It is painful to see the country in crisis. Talking to media here on the other day, he said that the federal government had replaced Labour Ministry with Human Resources Ministry, appeasing the Pakistan Muslim League-Q. He said his ministry had been deprived of resources like funds of Workers Welfare Board (WWB) and Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI). Funds of the WWB and EOBI had not been transferred to provincial governments and were being controlled by the Human Resources Ministry. The HR Ministry was created after the abolition of Federal Labour Ministry while its issues were left unresolved. The Minister linked non-availability of grants for dowry and sewing machines with HR ministry. We have sent 160 cases of dowry grant to the Ministry, but it raised objection over all of them and returned the case to us, he said. He said that 715 brick kilns had been registered and the labourers working there had been given social security cards which would give their children access to pension, education and housing schemes. This was demanded in a conference State of Bonded Labour in Era of Human Rights organised by the Society for Protection of Rights of Child (Sparc) to mark the Human Rights Day. The conference called for amendment to Employment of Children Act. He directed the officials concerned to make surprise visits to factories, instead of intimating owners as was practised in the past, and ensure resolution of complaints of harassment or blackmailing. The provincial Minister said the government should make amendments to Bonded Labour System (Abolition) Act 1992 and implement the newly inserted article 25-A under the 18th Amendment for brining an end to child labour. Employment of Children Act should also be amended, he said, adding the government was also trying to bring all stakeholders on board for making amendments to Industrial Relations Act 2008. A draft of regulation was being prepared for providing cover to labour issues of domestic, agriculture and construction sectors, he said.