Quetta: Balochistan Chief Minister (CM) Jam Kamal Khan Alyan on Wednesday, while chairing a meeting held to discuss a 20-point agenda, decided to ban bonded labour practices and discussed the steps needed for the recovery and rehabilitation of the locals still found toiling under their yoke, according to news sources.
The Balochistan Bonded Labour System Bill, 2020 has been amended to impose one-year imprisonment and a monetary penalty of PKR 100,000 on people involved in getting bonded labours/debt slaves. The amendment – introduced under the International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention – establishes district-level vigilance committees to monitor the banned bonded labour practice in Balochistan.
Furthermore, the cabinet has also approved the Balochistan Employment of Children Probation and Regulation Bill 2020. Amendments to the draft of the Building Control Regulations 2019 were approved to extend the ‘1979 building codes’ to Quetta city. The cabinet was informed that the city was still upholding the building codes established in 1937, whereas the other cities and towns in the province were in compliance with the Building Control Regulations 2019