ICT admin grants over Rs10m relief to workers under labour laws

ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (APP):Labour department, Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has provided relief of over Rs10 million to the workers by ensuring strict implementation of labour laws in the federal capital during the last eight months.

The department also recovered over Rs 5.3 million payments through judgments under Wage Act, against 22 complaints lodged by workers for non-payment/delay in wages from their owners, Director Labour and Industries, Waqar Ahmed told APP on Thursday.

Despite corona related restrictions for at least three months, the department had remained actively engaged in redressal of workers’ complaints and provided relief worth millions of rupees, he remarked.

He said as many as 21 complaints were received in written form to which more than Rs1.1 million relief was granted to the complainants.

Around Rs1, 724,000 payments were ensured against 407 complaints received through Prime Minister’s Performance Delivery Unit (PMDU), he added.

The department, he said issued 71 challan and imposed over Rs 2.7 million fines for defying various labour laws across the city, waqar said.

To a query, he said some 247 factories, 4005 shops/establishments were registered with the department.

β€œOut of total 92 marble units in the federal capital around 68 was registered while rest of it would be registered soon, he said, adding, some 219 workers of marble units were also medically examined during the last year.

To another query, he said ICT administration was committed for elimination of child/bonded labour from Islamabad and for that purpose labour department teams were paying regular visits to the shops and factories, besides Implementation of notified minimum wage.

He underscore the need for creating mass awareness among the masses to end domestic labour.