Protecting rights: Action to continue against child labour at brick kilns, says CM
LAHORE: Action will continue to eliminate child labour from brick kilns, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday.
He was addressing a meeting at Civil Secretariat through video link.
“Kilns where children are found working will be sealed and their owners sent to jail. The required resources will be provided for the provision of education to the children working at brick kilns. An educational package approved in this regard by the government will change the life of the children working at brick kilns,” Shahbaz said.
The meeting reviewed the measures taken for the elimination of child labour from brick kilns. The chief minister expressed satisfaction over the steps taken so far. He praised ministers Rana Sanaullah, Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, Chief Secretary Khizar Hayat Gondal and the inspector general of police. He said that no leniency should be shown in this regard.
“Child labour at brick kilns is tantamount to cruelty. Its complete elimination is the government’s mission. Stipends, free uniforms, stationery and textbooks will be provided to children working at brick kilns. Monthly stipend of Rs1,000 will be given to these children. In addition, Rs2,000 will also be given to their parents,” he added.
The Labour Department secretary briefed the meeting regarding the measures taken for the elimination of child labour. Sanaullah, Sarwar, Gondal, the IGP and secretaries of departments attended the meeting.