Punjab Government Works on Policy for Home Based Workers - October 10, 2011

Government of Punjab, in the wake of 18th amendment that delegated labour as a provincial subject, has drafted a policy on home-based workers. However, this policy will be finalized after approval from Chief Minister, who is currently busy with Dengue Fever endemic.

The draft policy requires formation of a provincial council on home-based workers that will deliberate on all related issues and make recommendations for the approval of the Chief Minister. The council would have both the official and non-official members. According to this Policy, there are 8.52 million home-based workers in the country of which 65 are women. However, these workers are not covered by any statute. Under this policy, workers would be registered which will also provide authentic data on the number of home-based workers in the province.

Proposed Government Members of Provincial Council on HBWs: Senior Advisor to the Chief Minister Sirdar Zulfiqar Khosa, Begum Zakia Shahnawaz, three members of the Punjab Assembly to be nominated by the chief minister, Secretaries if various government departments like social welfare department, local government department, the law and parliamentary affairs department, the industries department and the labour and human rights department.

Proposed Non-Government Members of Provincial Council on HBWs: Representatives of HBWs, employers, NGOs working for HBWs, worker organizations

Source: Published in The Express Tribune, October 10th, 2011