Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund Chief Executive Officer Qazi Azmat Isa on Wednesday said that adequate efforts were being made for bringing positive change in the life style of industrial workers of the country.

Addressing the female home based workers at village Roras, he said, “We are working with 125 non-governmental organisations across the country with the concept of betterment of the poor segment of the society. We are extending full support and assistance to NGOs according to the problems and requirements of the concerned areas of the country.”

Qazi Isa stressed the female workers to identify their needs and areas for getting training without any hesitation. He pledged that the PPAF will establish more training centres in collaboration of Baidarie for ensuring maximum training facilities for the women workers.

Earlier, he inaugurated the “Training cum Works Centre” for women at village Roras Tehsil Sambrial District Sialkot. The centre has been designed not only imparting training on locally marketable income generating skills to the  home based women workers but also for  offering  job opportunities to those women who will successfully complete the training process and may be willing to work there and earn their livelihood. It is expected that the successful functioning of this centre will prove itself to be a big step towards alleviation of poverty among voiceless and ignored home based working women in this area.

Qazi also discussed various issues with the home based women workers, rural communities and local industrialists and businessmen to explore  better means for uplifting the poor and ultra poor especially those home based women workers who have become jobless because of serious cut in the volume of hand stitched soccer ball business.

Home-based workers would be imparted skills for their capacity building, enabling them to start small businesses with provision of safe and secure working environment in the local work places, he said.

On the occasion, the experts stressed a need for establishing strong linkage between the HBWs and the job providers in Sialkot where 16,000 female home based workers, related to the hand stitched soccer balls, had been rendered  jobless due to  growing trend of manufacturing the foot balls from hand stitching to machine-stitching during 2013.

Meanwhile, Senior Vice President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mian Muhammad Anwar said that there is an urgent  need to develop a comprehensive system for  registration of  all the home-based workers at district, provincial and national levels bringing into existence their accurate and authentic database.