Karachi: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has distributed keys and allotment letters of 1,024 residential flats in Sukkur among the industrial workers of Sindh.
Each apartment in New Labour City in Sukkur is built on an 800 square feet area having two bedrooms. The flats have been constructed by the Workers’ Welfare Board (WWB) of the Sindh Labour Department.
Last year, the same flats, prior to their allotment to the industrial workers, was used by the Sindh government to successfully quarantine hundreds of pilgrims coming from Iran via Taftan at the start of the coronavirus health emergency.
Sindh Education and Labour Minister Saeed Ghani said the project had been built as a modern labour city to provide its residents with all the basic amenity and civic facilities.
He said the new labour city in Sukkur had the facility of a model school for 1,000 children, a vocational training centre, shopping centre, community centre, mosque and a 10-bed hospital. The flats also have facilities of natural gas, electricity, and water supply.
He said that similar lodging facilities with 6,000 residential units for labourers were ready for allotment in different cities of the province.
Sindh Labour Secretary Abdul Rasheed Solangi said that since the time the subject of labour had been devolved to the provinces in the light of 18th Constitutional Amendment, the WWB in Sindh had assisted children of 250 labourers in the province to become engineers and doctors.
He said the Sindh Labour Department had formed tripartite committees in every industrial zone of the province having the representation of the government, labourers, and industrialists.
He said these committees amicably resolved the issues between the employers and the labourers for peace and harmony in the province.
PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhuto Zardari recalled that the founder of Pakistan Peoples Party and former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had introduced the concept of pension for the labourers in the country.
He said the Peoples Party was acting upon its election manifesto to build residential facilities for labourers.
He said the Sindh government would register all labourers and workers in the province to provide them with facilities as enshrined in the Constitution of 1973.