The government is working with various NGOs to provide skills training and interest-free loans to the youth, Minister for Labour and Human Resource Raja Ashfaq Sarwar said on Tuesday.
He was addressing a delegation of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund led by its chief, Qazi Azmat Eisa.
Sarwar said the chief minister had initiated an integrated project to eliminate child labour and bonded labour and had allocated Rs5.2 billion for the purpose. He said kiln workers were being provided micro-credit loans and their children were being imparted non-formal, formal and skills education for free.
The minister appreciated the services of civil society and their programmes including provision of interest-free loans, technical trainings, providing access to markets and setting up guidance centres. The Labour Department is taking solid measures to eliminate child labour from brick kilns in the province and is employing tools including digital mapping, surveys and questionnaires with the cooperation of the Punjab Information Technology Board and Bureau of Statistics. He said the government will have completed its survey on child labour by the end of August.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 1st, 2015.