FAISALABAD-Due to alleged support by Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, the brick kiln owners and Education Departments are unwilling to accept the protesting kiln workers demands even after the Punjab chief minister’s orders.

The district administration claimed to settle all the matters with protesting kiln workers who, however, have not yet been issued ‘Khidmat cards’ by Education Department despite Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif’s orders.

The brick kiln workers on August 19 staged a sit-in outside the DCO office alleging that Rs1,036 as a wage was declared for every 1,000 bricks but they were not paid the fixed wages. They also said that the departments concerned were doing nothing for the purpose.

They also alleged that the Education Department was not giving school uniforms to their children as per the directives of the Punjab chief minister and when they were demanding their rights police register fake cases against them. They announced to organise a a long march against district administration, police and Education Department.

The district administration claimed that a meeting in this regard was held at DCO office when DCO Salman Ghani assured the workers’ representatives that all the problems faced by kiln workers regarding declared wages, school uniform, bags and books for their children would be solved and after proper inquiry if any embezzlement was found a stern action would be taken against the persons concerned.

However, the district administration after the meeting announced that kiln workers have taken the threat of long march back. On the other hand, The Nation learnt from a reliable source that Education Department even after six months was not willing to provide ‘Khidmat cards’ to 175 brick-kiln workers’ families and even 338 vouchers were also not distributed yet. The source added that department after the protest and threat of brick kiln workers had marked different objections in this regard.

Resultantly, many deceased families are worried that why they were not getting allowances as per announcement made by CM Punjab. The source maintained that some 1,797 children of brick kiln workers were brought to schools and they were awarded ‘Khidmat cards’.

These families were 892 in number but Education Department so far did not award these cards to 717 families. Subsequently, 338 children were not facilitated with allowances vouchers, the source said, adding that brick-kiln owners were openly violating the directives of Punjab government. However, he alleged, the authorities were feeling themselves helpless as Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan is always seen with brick-kiln owners during his visit to Faisalabad every week.

He pointed that brick-kiln owners organise different seminars and meetings when they call the provincial law minister as a chief quest and Rana Sana always seen there. He reminded that once the law minister in front of the media had assured the brick kiln owners that he would talk to Punjab chief minister to provide some relief for them.

The source concluded that till the provincial law minister is supporting the brick kiln owners, the district administration would do nothing thus, the brick kiln workers were not provided declared wages.