PESHAWAR: Caretaker Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Justice (retd) Dost Muhammad Khan has directed to extend the services of Workers Welfare Board to the newly merged seven districts of the erstwhile FATA and start registration there immediately.

He also directed for the recruitment of secretary, officers and other auxiliary staff of the Workers Welfare Board on regular basis and warned against any delay in transparent and merit based recruitment.

“The department should be run transparently because it is a department for the welfare of labourers and there should be no compromise whatsoever on the functions and performance of Workers Welfare Board,” he said, while presiding over a meeting of the board, recruitment for the board and its other functions at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar.

The caretaker CM asked about the progress for recruitment in the Workers Welfare Board adding that the labour community worked in the most difficult circumstances, they are the hard workers and the backbone of the economy. The government should not be oblivious to the welfare of the working class. The Workers Welfare Board should be responsive to its responsibilities for the welfare of the labour community and there should be a strict accountability system in the department, he added.

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Khan said that after the 18th Amendment, the Workers Welfare Board, its administrative control and its running is solely the concern of the province. This province is poor and backward on multiple fronts therefore the federal government had space for funding the Workers Welfare Board. The rest of the responsibilities will continue to res with the province therefore there was a dire need to have a permanent mechanism, regular employees and continuous functions for the welfare of the labourers. The regular employees could be made accountable for their performances, he added.

The caretaker chief minister directed to improve the rule of business, the removal of irregularities and weaknesses in the board. This board should have a dynamic team to work honestly for the welfare of the labour community. It is one of the most important departments therefore there should be no corruption, no irregularity and no illegal activity, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2018.