Domestic Workers Act Enforcement is revolutionary step
Punjab Minister for Labour & Human Resources Ansar Majeed Khan has said that the enforcement of Punjab Domestic Workers Act 2019 was a revolutionary step of present govt. which would provide social protection to the domestic workers. He stated this while addressing the inaugural ceremony of registration of domestic workers held at local Banquet Hall at Jaranwala road. Provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Labour Shakeel Shahid, MPAs Latif Nazar, Mian Waris Aziz, Commissioner Social Security Punjab Saqib Manan, Divisional Commissioner Mehmud Javed Bhatti ADC Finance Asima Ejaz Cheema, ACG Musawar Niazi, SP Tariq Sukhera, President FCCI Syed Zial Alamdar Hussain, Directors Social Security North, East & West Muhammad Hassaan, Sardar Shehzad, Ihsanul Haq, Director Labour Malik Munawar Awan, labour leaders Latif Ansari, Aslam Wafa and others were present on the occasion. The ceremony was attended by a large number of men and women workers.
The Minister for Labour said that the registration of domestic human resource was a completion of Prime Minister’s vision regarding welfare of the workers which was being initiated in Faisalabad, Lahore, Rawalpindi and Multan districts in first phase and the scope of this Act would be expanded in throughout Punjab province in near future. The Minister said that the law would protect the rights of the home workers and they would have get facilities like other workers including health cover. He said that the health screening of the registered domestic workers would be carried out besides administrating the vaccine to avoid epidemic diseases. He asked the industrialists, traders and business community for extending cooperation for the proper implementation of this Act and motivated the citizens for getting their household workers registered with social security for the protection of rights of employees and employers.
Labour Minister said that the incumbent govt. was giving special attention on the betterment and welfare of the workers as they were playing vibrant role in the development of national economy. He said that the various reforms would be made in worker welfare funds and payment of minimum wages would be made ensured through legislation. He said that the working of the Labour Department would be improved through automation and no corruption would be tolerated. Responding the question of the media persons, the Labour Minister said that the incidents of violence of domestic workforce would be controlled through the Punjab Domestic Workers Act. He cleared that no one was above the law and stern legal action would be taken against the accused of violence on familial workers.
Commissioner Social Security Punjab Saqib Manan highlighted the salient features of the Punjab household Workers Act and said that the process of registration of home workers had been made simple and easier and registration could be made through Android Mobile Application. He informed that as per the survey report about 675000 familial workers for working in the Punjab. He said that the employment of the domestic workforce could be regulated to made secured their legal rights. He informed that this Act prohibited child labour under 15 years, bounded labour, forced labour and discrimination besides regulating the manner of employment, leaves, holidays, maternity leave and wages of daily wages workers to bring them at per with other former sector workers. He added that this Act also provided the mechanism of disputes resolution. He maintained that 1217 household workers had been registered till now and this number would be raised upto 50000 by the next month.
Provincial Parliamentary Secretary Shakeed Shahid said that various steps were being taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and CM Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar for bringing prosperity in the lives of workers. He said that the present govt. had taken lead to pass the Punjab Domestic Workers Act for the registration.
Divisional Commissioner Mehmud Javed Bhatti said that the forced labour could not be imagined in the civilized society. He said that pace of social development could be accelerated through the laws of protection of workers’ rights. He stressed upon proper education of the children and follow the population welfare program for the bright future of the new generation. NGO representative Parveen Latif Ansari appreciated the steps of initiated of the process of registration and said that awareness campaign sould be expended in this regard.
The camps for registration of household workers were set up on this occasion and necessary information was also delivered relating the process of registration and salient features of Punjab Domestic Workers Act.