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KARCHI: Amendments in labour laws would be reviewed in consultation with the industrialists and any reservations by the industry would be add­ressed, said Sindh Minister for Transport and Mass Transit, Labour Human Resources and Infor­mation, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Wednesday.

Addressing industrialists at a meeting held at the Site Association of Industry (SAI), he said development project in Site would be included in budget allocations.

Mr Shah said 600 modern buses would be plied in Karachi to provide better transport facilities to commuters.

President SAI Asad Nisar Barkhurdaria said the area was facing labour-related issues.

He said the association has always remained in the governing body of Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (Sessi) but presently it was not a part of it. The association should also be included in the boards of EOBI and Sindh Workers Welfare Board, he added.

The Labour Department should form a joint committee with SAI for resolving all issues, he said. This proposed joint committee should hold monthly meetings for the purpose, he added.

He urged the federal government to revive Karachi Circular Railway.

“Factories inspection by Labour Department officials and Sessi should be conducted only once in a year. Combined annual inspection of factories should be conducted instead of separate inspections by different government agencies with regards to factory safety, and Factory Act,” he added.

Published in Dawn, September 14th, 2017