ISLAMABAD - Taking exception over non-implementation of Labour Policy, Supreme Court has directed the Provincial and the Federal Labour Secretaries to submit a comprehensive report on the steps taken by their respective governments for the implementation of labour laws. A three-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and Justice Tariq Pervaiz, was hearing a suo motu case. It was also furnished in the hearing that the lady teachers in private schools received the meagre salaries of Rs 3, 000 to Rs 4, 000 per month, while the government had fixed Rs 7, 000 as minimum wage. Punjab and Sindh provinces Labour Secretaries submitted their reports, while Advocate Generals of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and Balochistan, briefed the court about the measures taken for the implementation of labour laws by their respective governments. Abdur Rauf Secretary Labour, Punjab, apprised the court that on the order of the apex court, they had accomplished that task in 22 days, which could not be done in the last 63 years. He said that they had prepared the data of labourers in the province. Rauf told that there were total 49,384 registered industries in Punjab, adding that they had also registered brick kilns and cottage industries. Presently, they had registered 70 brick kilns in the province, he maintanined. Justice Javed said that kilns had become the private jails as the workers who could not pay back loans to the owner become slaves for life. The Labour Secretary, Sindh, said registered units in the province were 23,000 units, and secured workers 3,85,000, which in the last 18 months had reached to 5,25,000 secured workers. He said that they had registered 412 brick kilns, adding each kiln had 6 to 7 workers. Justice Javed remarked that the officials in Labour Departments were not performing their duties honestly, as in cottage industries, women worked for 18 hours, but they were paid less. The AGs asked the court to give them four months for preparing comprehensive data about the labourers in their respective provinces. The court adjourned the hearing for four weeks, and asked the provincial authorities to not only prepare detailed reports regarding labour policies but also take practical steps, so that the labourers could be benefited in the real sense of the word.