ISLAMABAD: Workers Welfare Fund’s (WWF) Director Education Masood Raza on Tuesday said that labourers in textile and construction sectors are the backbone of economy and the government is taking steps to protect their rights. Raza said the construction sector was the second largest industry of Pakistan followed by the textile sector, which provides jobs to millions of unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workforce. He said that WWF was providing facilities as per government policies, besides health and educational facilities and other cash benefits to workers. The director said that the welfare fund and workers’ participation fund was payable by industrial units and such contributions and collection were disbursed to provinces through a specified quota. “The WWF undertakes development and construction of flats and houses, free of cost quality education to workers’ children, scholarship for workers’ children and financial aid to legal heirs of the deceased workers,” said Raza.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2014.