LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Labour and Human Rights Raja Ashfaq Sarwar has said that the Punjab government is taking concrete steps for protection of labour rights, elimination of bonded labour and child labour with the support of kiln workers, labour organisations and NGOs. The minister said this while addressing a seminar for elimination of bonded labour arranged by the Bonded Labour Liberation Front here on Wednesday. He said that free education would be provided under non-formal education to the children of labourers upto 5th class in all districts of the province.

Addressing the seminar, the minister said the government would welcome the suggestions for making better life standard and solution of problems through consultation of labourers. He said the laboure department schools have shown 90 per cent result.

He said the Punjab government has initiated educational programme for labourers and has set up a Micro Credit Revolving Fund where women can get loan from Rs10,000 to Rs 25,000 for their business while Rs 3 crore had been distributed so far. He said the labour department has received 7000 identity cards of labourers who want to get governmental incentives in marriage, death, accidents and unemployment.–Staff Reporter