Welfare package for workers in private companies


RAWALPINDI:

The implementation of a social protection program for employees of private companies registered under the Factories Act has been started across Punjab.

Punjab’s Department of Labor Welfare will provide monetary assistance to employees through scholarships, marriage and death grants through a one-stop-shop under the Workers Welfare Fund.

Scholarships will benefit children of factory workers, who will be reimbursed for their tuition fees up to university level.

A monthly allowance of Rs 3,500 will be given to children of factory workers at FSC level and Rs 4,500 at graduation level.

In the case of the semester system at universities, students will be reimbursed for fees that they pay in advance to their respective educational institution.

The amount of marriage allowance increased from Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000, while death allowance increased from Rs 500,000 to Rs 600,000.

The government of the Punjab will provide the factory workers with the required sum.

The Punjab Department of Labor has been tasked with informing and educating factory workers about talent scholarships as well as marriage and death allowances.

Focal person Amir Jabbar said private sector employees registered under the Factories Act will receive these benefits in addition to their health and education coverage, which has been in place for some time now.

He added that work on a mechanism to ensure a minimum wage of Rs20,000 is already underway.

Jabbar said deserving children of factory workers will no longer be deprived of higher education due to lack of resources.

Posted in The Express Tribune, October 26e, 2021.

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