Islamabad, October 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Dr. Fehmida Mirza chaired a meeting on Resolution of Post 18th Amendment Issues of Employees Old Age Benefits Institute and Workers Welfare Fund today. Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Mr. Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari also attended the meeting. Representatives of Employer’ Federation of Pakistan and Pakistan Workers Federation from the provinces and Islamabad attended the meeting and discussed, in detail, the issues faced by the Workers Welfare Fund and EOBI after 18th amendment.
“We are not against devolution or provincial autonomy but we need the welfare of our workers” they assert. They highlighted the view that social security net should not be distributed among the states rather it should be managed through the center and implemented by the provinces. The transprovincial fund, assets, institutions and the programs run by EOBI and Workers Welfare Fund are difficult to be divided among the provinces. Besides, the migration of the workers would be big challenge and if the subject considered to be devolved the welfare of the workers would be effected.
The Federal Minister said that the workers are the main stakeholders in this and the due weight age must be given to their view point as well. She directed the participants to formulate their strategy and submit their point of view in a documented form.“ We believe in cooperative Federalism. We need to strengthen each other. And the government is committed to devise a mechanism based on consensus, to ensure the welfare of the workers.” The representative of Workers thanked the Federal Minister for providing them with the opportunity to bring forward their view point. The next meeting in this regard will be scheduled soon.
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