Factory fire victims’ heirs to get compensation

KARACHI - The Sindh government would provide financial assistance to rehabilitate each family of the Baldia factory fire victims through Workers Welfare Fund.Labour Department Provincial Secretary Arif Elahi made the statement while addressing a workshop held for the training of Baldia Town factory victims’ families here on Friday.The Training programme was jointly arranged by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association and Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute.The Provincial Secretary said that investigation into tragic incident had been completed and would b submitted to the Chief Minister soon. He said tribunal, led by retired judge Zahid Qurban Alvi, had completed its report, while government will implement the findings, in which whoever was found responsible for the incident would be punished.He said that the rehabilitation of the victims’ families was the government’s top priority and concrete steps would be taken to avoid such tragedies in future.The families of the victims would also be provided medical facility through SESSI and pension would be extended through EOBI, Labour Secretary added.He informed that the PRGMEA will arrange the registration of the workers of their members units so that Labour Department could provide them medical and pension facilities besides allotting them flats in labour colonies.He assured that a committee, comprising of ILO, PRGMEA, PRGTTI and Labour Department, will oversee the rehabilitation as well as job placement of the victims’ families. Meanwhile, Director ILO, Francesco D Ovidio while addressing the gathering said that ILO was concerned over the most tragic incident and was keen to rehabilitate the victims’ families. He said The ILO Office Islamabad was working closely with the Labour Department of Sindh for the rehabilitation and employment of victims and their families. He said training was aimed to train the 250 victims’ families with current skills and education through a Rapid Needs Analysis. On this occasion, the Chairman PRGMEA Sajid Saleem Minhas emphasized to gear up efforts to rehabilitate the families of factory fire’s victims adding that PRGMEA members had already expressed their willingness to provide jobs to the victims’ families after completion of their training.PRIZE DISTRIBUTION CEREMONY: The prize-distribution ceremony of the youth festival 2012 was held at the Arts Council Auditorium here on Thursday night.The Governor of Sindh, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, was the chief guest and gave away prizes among winners of the various contests organised as part of the event.Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs, Syed Faisal Ali Subzwari, Secretary Youth Affairs, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Muhammad Ahmed Shah, Prof. Aijaz Farooqui and Khurshid Ali Shaikh were also present.The minister eulogised the talent and abilities of the younger generation. He said that such events also help hone up the skills of the youngsters.

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