LAHORE - Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association, ILO and Sindh Labour Department have jointly launched a skill training programme with a view to empower factory fire affected families.

Addressing the launching ceremony, PRGMEA Chairman Sajid Saleem Minhas and Vice Chairman PRGTTI Sohail A Sheikh said that it is first step to help the families gather courage to pull their lives back and look forward to the future challenges.

They said body will arrange the registration of the workers of their members units so that Labour Department could provide them medical and pension facilities besides allotting them flats in labor colonies.

They said that PRGMEA will also launch separately such training programmes on ‘Gender Equality for Decent Employment’ all over the country.

They said that training course is designed based on the findings of a Rapid Needs Analysis of 250 victims’ families that showed that about 100 people were interested in training for employment in the garment manufacturing sector. Potential trainees have registered for three courses; garment manufacturing, supervisory and quality control. The courses will use ILO’s competency based curriculum. They said that the training course has been developed by an ILO project Gender Equality for Decent Employment, funded by the Canadian government.

The Country Director, Francesco d’Ovidio, ILO Pakistan, while addressing the gathering, said that ILO was concerned over the most tragic incident and was keen to rehabilitate the victims’ families. He said The ILO Office Islamabad was working closely with the Labour Department of Sindh for the rehabilitation and employment of victims and their families.

Secretary Labour Sindh Arif Elahi said that Sindh government would provide financial assistance to rehabilitate each family of the Baldia factory fire victims through Workers Welfare Fund.

He said that the rehabilitation of the victims’ families is the government’s top priority and concrete steps would be taken to avoid such tragedies in future. The families of the victims would also be provided medical facility through SESSI and pension would be extended through EOBI, Labor Secretary added.