Child labor in Pakistan is one of the social issues in the country which needs special attention by the government in order to eradicate this from the society. Child labor is not only prevailing in Pakistan but in developing countries including India, Somalia, Myanmar, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and many others are facing this issue. According to CNN report in 2015 Pakistan was among ten worst countries for child labor but the condition has improved much since then. The government has taken effective actions to curb child labor in the country.
The government of Punjab has recently launched a comprehensive program which sets aside a budget of Rs.5 billion in order to combat child labor in the province of Punjab effectively. The program focuses on the education and professional skills of children, the government will provide education and skills development to the children that are involved in child labor.
During the seminar organized by Labor Welfare Department held at the district council hall on Monday, many speakers repeatedly highlighted the newly initiated program and analyzed it benefits during their speeches. The Seminar was presided by additional secretary Dr. Sohail Shehzad, Additional secretary labor & HRD, Govt. of Punjab.
According to DR. Sohail, the Chief Minister Punjab stresses to entirely wipe out the child labor cancer from the province which deprives children of the basic rights of education and professional skills, which is mandatory to develop a strong, vibrant and educated human resource base in the country.
The meeting discussed the allocation of budget and the program implementation in detail. According to the details the Punjab Government has initiated the project under WFCL with Rs180 million in four districts of Punjab including Jhang, Layyah, Chakwal, and Jehlum. Similarly, Rs123 million is underway for the districts Lahore and Kasur, this will extend education skills and provide soft loans to the laborers working at brick Kilns.
Moreover, Rs.190 million is also underway for the development of Gujrat, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, and Sargodha, the program will provide not only education to the children but also health and skills development.
The meeting was addressed by the Director Labor Welfare and Assistant Director Labor, the meeting also discussed the implementation plan by reviewing the education supplies, monitoring, the process of partnering schools and their payments etc.