FAISALABAD. Help Desks are being established in different Chambers of Commerce & Industry across the province to resolve the problems relating to labor and social security.
Inaugurating two separate desks in Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI), Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi Provincial Secretary for Labor and Human Resources said that he has been given responsibility to maintain strategic balance between rights and responsibilities of both employees and employers. He explained in detail the responsibilities assigned to its different subordinate departments and said that Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) is responsible to ensure best possible medical facilities to the secured workers and their families. “Similarly Workers Welfare Fund (WWF) has been mandated to provide free education along with provision of books, uniform and transport facility to the children of the industrial workers’ ‘, he said and added that it is also providing residences to the employees. He said that under “Naya Pakistan Housing Program ” registered workers will also get residences at subsidized rates. He said that after the approval of the Federal Government, the Punjab Government has also prepared a draft of this program which is expected to be approved by its Governing Body very soon. Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi said that the marriage grant for registered workers has been enhanced from Rs. 1 to 2 lac. “Similarly death grant has also been jacked up from Rs. 5 to 6 lac”, he said and admitted that funeral grant is very minor and efforts are being made to increase it in accordance with the prevailing economic situation. About social security, he said that there was ambiguity about the self assessment scheme as out of 20 thousand units only 21 were availing from this facility. Now an amnesty scheme is being introduced under which any industrialist could switch over to the self assessment scheme without any sunset period. He said that the social security system entirely depended on the contribution of the employers as the government is not paying even a single penny to it as a grant. He confirmed that under section-23 there is no provision to right-off the additional fine on the nonpayment of social security contribution. In this connection a meeting was convened on December 8 to devise a strategy to tackle this issue. It was decided that the amount of additional fine will be right-off, if employers will pay their arrears up to June 2021. About the proposed Inspector Less Regime, he said that the International Labor Organization (ILO) has its own reservation while GSP Plus is yet another hurdle to introduce the inspector less regime. In view of international laws and subsequent orders passed by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, we have tried to resolve the issue by switching over to a safe and acceptable passage of conducting inspection of only 20% industrial units. A real on-time inspection system will also be adopted to discourage misuse of selected inspection. About E-Card, he said that this scheme would be launched from February 21. This card will be machine- readable and by swapping it, we could get the complete history of the card holder. He further said that the burn center is under construction which will become operational very soon.
About complaints of late comer doctors at social security dispensaries situated in the far flung rural areas, he said that this attitude is not tolerable at any cost and strict action would be taken against the late comer doctors. He said that a special portal will be launched to receive and redress complaints of absent and late comer doctors. He also endorsed the proposal to give due representation to FCCI in the governing body of PESSI. He said that currently four dialysis machines are working in social security hospital Madina Town while another 14 are in the pipelines. About the De-registration of closed industrial units, he said that data of labor directorate and social security has been clubbed to de-register the practically closed units. He paid gratitude to the industrialists for providing six Kanal of land for the construction of new social security hospital in Dhanola. He hoped that work on it would be started very soon.
Earlier Engineer Hafiz Ihtasham Javed President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI) thanked Secretary Labor for establishing labor and social security help desks in FCCI and told that Faisalabad is one of the leading industrial cities of Pakistan. It is contributing 33% to the overall economy of Pakistan. Its share in total textile export of Pakistan is also around 65%. He said that industrialists pay a sizable amount as a contribution for the welfare of their workers and a major portion of it must be spent on them. He appreciated the performance of social security hospital Madina Town and said that FCCI was trying its optimum best to save the legitimate interests of its members and their workers.
A question answer session was also participated by Shahid Ahmed Sheikh, Syed Zia Alamdar Hussain, Haji Talib Hussain Rana, Muhammad Fazil and Vice President Rana Ayub Aslam Manj while Mian Aftab Ahmad former President FCCI offered vote of thanks. Later President FCCI Engineer Hafiz Ihtasham Javed also presented FCCI memento to Dr. Ahmad Javed Qazi Provincial Secretary for Labor and Human Resource.