LAHORE (PR) - All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union on Tuesday demanded the government to lift the ban imposed on the recruitment of children of deceased and martyred workers.

“Since the said ban imposed by the Federal Ministry of Energy had placed the curb on the recruitment of the orphan children and widows of the employees died during the performance of their duties; therefore, this ban may be lifted,” the delegation of All Pakistan Wapda Hydro Electric Workers Union stressed during a meeting held with Federal Energy Minister Sardar Awais Ahmad Laghari at WAPDA Hosue.

The union presented the details of the said settlement and order on the subject and highlighted that electricity workers perform the most hazardous nature of duties round the clock and even sacrificed their lives while working on the line; therefore, it is obligation of the employer to take care of the members of their families.

The minister gave a patient hearing to the demands of the union and commended the role of the electricity workers for the national service and assured necessary redressal would be made by restoring those orders of recruitment of children of deceased and martyred workers.

The delegation was led by Veteran Trade Union Leader and union’s General Secretary Khurshid Ahmed accompanied by Osama Tariq, Malik Arshad, Malik Iman Ullah, Syed Raqib Shah, Rizwan Munir, Rana Faqeer Hussain and other representatives of the union. Meanwhile, an emergency meeting of the union was held to express grief over the tragic death of Muhammad Mansha Lineman Niaz Nager Sub Division Kasur on account of electrocution while working on 11KV line. The union expressed concern over rising accidents of line staff and demanded to the management to take emergent measures to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for line staff by strict observance of safety regulations at workplace.

The martyred had five children and one widow.

The union demanded to the electricity management to extend all material and moral help to the widow and their children including employment, free education, housing, marriage of his daughters and ex-gratia payment of Rs2.5 million, full pension and double Welfare Grant.