PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has drafted Home-Based Workers Bill and Home-Based Workers Policy which would be sent to the relevant authorities for approval.

The KP Occupational Safety and Health Bill has also been drafted and will be presented to the provincial cabinet soon.

This was revealed during a meeting on reforms being introduced in Labour Department of KP chaired by Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in Peshawar on Saturday.

According to an official statement, progress on various reform initiatives in labour sector and devolution of various subjects of labour sector from federal to the KP government were reviewed during the meeting.

The meeting was told that 95 percent work had been completed on the construction of 2,056 labour flats and establishment of Labour City at Regi Lalma area of Peshawar, and 98 percent work has also been completed on the construction of Workers Welfare Board Building in Hayatabad, Peshawar, whereas 70 percent work on the establishment of Folks Grammar School in Bannu is also completed.

The meeting was further informed that schemes completed so far by the provincial government for the labour community include 5,538 small houses, 12 community centres, six residences for teaching staff, 18 Working Folks Grammar Schools, nine vocational institutes, 60 bed-kidney centre, 12 medi-care centres and polyclinics and a 25-bed hospital.

The meeting was also told that a scheme worth Rs59 million has been approved to implement the occupational safety and health of labourers/mine workers and another scheme worth Rs241 million for Child Labour Survey is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.

Chief Minister Mahmood Khan said wellbeing and protection of labourers rights is among the top priorities of the PTI government in KP. He said many projects for the wellbeing of labourers were being completed on priority basis. He said legislation was being made to ensure occupational safety and health of labourers, whereas, mechanical mining was also being introduced in this regard.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, provincial ministers Shaukat Yousfzai, Sultan Khan, Abdul Karim Khan, Qalandar Lodhi and Arif Ahmadzai and officials of concerned authorities from federal and KP governments.