ISLAMABAD - To address problems related to the labourers in the country the Ministry of Labour and Manpower is all set to announce the new Labour Policy and Industrial Relation Act on 1st May, the International Labour Day. Federal Secretary for the Ministry of Labour and Manpower, Tariq Iqbal Puri made this announcement while speaking at an interactive dialogue on Activating Media in combating worst forms of child labour on Friday. The event was organised by the International Labour Organisation and Employers Federation of Pakistan. Highlighting the contours of the policy, Tariq said, the policy focused on four main objectives including consolidation of laws, advocacy promotion and export of manpower. Whereas the Ministry is also mulling over a project of introducing smart card for the labourers that would include different kind of facilities including health insurance, marriage and death grants he added. The project would be implemented in collaboration with National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) he further added. According to ILO, in the year 2000, out of 245 million child labourers in the world, about 186 million child labourers were below the age of 15. More than two-third 171 million children were estimated to be working in hazardous situations or conditions. Saifullah Chudhary, ILO representative said A fresh Child Labour (a survey) was planned and it has been decided that the it would be conducted after the National Census, which is also in pipeline. Like many other developing countries, child labour is common phenomenon in Pakistan and no labour market is completely free from child labour, which seriously hinders the childrens development he added. While quoting the findings of the 1996 Child Labour Survey he said, 3.3 million children (age 5-14) are economically active, which is 8.3 percent of total population of this age group. These figures do not include domestics child labourers as it happens inside homes. 46 percent of the children do labour work for more than normal 35 hours per week children make up about 7 percent of the total work force on the country. 70 percent of the working children work as unpaid family helpers in Agriculture sector he noted. He opined that child labour was a socially and culturally accepted phenomenon and is widely spread in the country; therefore, public awareness is of extreme importance to mobilise public opinion and change attitudes towards this exploitation. In the present information age, the expanded media offers best way to reach masses for awareness and sensitisation to curb the demand of child labour and discourage employees. It is to be mentioned in 2000, 171 million children were suffering from the worst from of child labour and it was brought down to 126 million in the year 2004. The number of children involved in various forms of child labour was 246 million and in the year2004 a positive decline was observed and it reached at 218 million, it was further noted.