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Workers oppose devolution of welfare fund.

PESHAWAR, March 17, 2011 (Balochistan Times): All Pakistan Workers Welfare Board Employees Union, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has opposed the devolution of the Workers Welfare Fund to the province and termed it economic murder of the workers of the small federating units. Addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club (PPC) Wednesday, president of the union, Shah Zulqarnain, general secretary Arshad Minhas and other office bearers expressed special gratitude to President, Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour, Sher Azam Wazir for the regularization of 1500 contractual employees. They said that they are in favour of the provincial autonomy and rights of the province. However, Worker Welfare Fund, which was established by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was a big source of facilities for the industrial workers. The industrial workers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also getting different facilities under the Workers Welfare Board. Presently, they said 18 higher secondary schools are providing quality education to 12000 children of the labourers in the province while dowry and death grants are other features of the fund. Similarly, they said that beside 3500 residential schemes, kidney, burn centres, industrial homes and talent scholarships are also financed from the fund. The total budget of the schemes in progress in the province, they said is Rs.3 billion, which is provided by the Workers Welfare Fund, Islamabad on regular basis. They expressed the fear in case of the devolution; the province will not have such huge resources to continue these workers friendly schemes.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 17, 2011
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