LAHORE - The Punjab Government was giving top priority to the welfare of the working community and the elimination of child labour from the society. An amount of Rs 100 million was being spent on the projects of workers' welfare and elimination of child labour. Child labour is a violation of human rights and the government was committed to purge the society of this menace. Senior Minister Punjab Raja Riaz Ahmad stated this while discussing the issue of workers' welfare at his office here on Saturday. The industrial sector in Punjab was contributing 25.7 per cent to Punjab economy. Raja Riaz informed that there were approximately 427,784 manufacturing units in the country, out of which 70 per cent were located in Punjab. The welfare of the workers in these units was a priority agenda, he maintained. The government had also launched a programme of elimination of bonded labour in the brick kiln sector with an amount of Rs 20 million. He said that the government had launched a scheme for introducing 3,000 ergonomic looms for weavers in the districts of Sheikhupura, Hafizabad, Nankana Sahib, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Multan, Vehari, Khanewal, Kasur and Narowal. "Studies are under way on global standards, trade regimes and occupational diseases with the view to up-grading health facilities and legal & institutional arrangements." Through these studies, professional input was being sought for finding solutions to issues being faced in the labour sector, he added.