He said that we have to identify the reasons and causes forcing the poor parents to send their kids to support their families instead of sending them to the schools that could ensure a prosperous and developed society. “The low literacy rate and the weak economy are the dominant factors for the child labour” Dost Muhammad Khan said. He said the ignorance and illiteracy are the social issues creating social problems in the society. The poor had no option but to send their kids for supporting their families that is the most serious concern for the society, he added. “He said Islam guarantees the rights of all and the rights of kids should be protected under all circumstances”. He said the constitution also guaranteed the protection of rights of children adding that there should be no violation. Good governance can guarantee overcoming all these problems, he added. He said the caretaker government would provide all within its reach for the protection of rights of children. He called upon the developed nations to invest in the poor and developing countries in order to overcome the poverty and other serious issues.
He was addressing a seminar on International Child Labour Day here at Peshawar. The seminar was co sponsored by Employees Federation of Pakistan, International Labour Organization, European Union and the Provincial Labour Department. Provincial Ministers, Employees Federation Chapter-KP Haji Muhammad Javed, Employees Federation President Majeed Aziz, Country Director ILO Miss Ingrid Christensen and others attended the seminar.
Welcoming the efforts for the child rights protection, preparing charter of business principles at Peshawar, the Caretaker Chief Minister called upon the developed countries to invest in developing countries for mitigating poverty and illiteracy in the poor and under developed countries. He said that parents in the developing countries had to involve their kids in bread earning because of the poverty. Dost Muhammad Khan said the kids need to be in the schools but there are reasons to the child labour that included the illiteracy, unemployment and lack of other facilities. If the parents had the resources, they would go for the immediate options to send their kids to schools, he added. He directed the quarter concerned to take this issue seriously and collect the empirical data of all out of the school kids. He regretted that no such steps was taken in the past to collect the real data for future planning. We should know the factors behind the alarming issue of child labour. He had already ordered for a survey to collect the data and also ordered for the formation of a commission for the purpose. He was optimistic that before the end of the caretaker tenure, the province would have a bank of empirical data for the future planning to address the child labour. He said that kids are the future assets of the country and the society. The youth should not be a liability on the society but should be a supportive hand to share the societal burden. He assured all out support for total eradication of child labour in the province. We are short of time and we have already wasted our time as a society therefore we should not wait further and move forward with accelerated peace adding that good governance is in one way the solution to all these problems but that would require the highest level of commitment. This province had a lot of resources and was replete with the natural wealth but sorrowfully nobody made any effort to tap these resources and exploit them for the benefit of the people and development of the province. This province could easily produce electricity upto 5 thousands megawatt without major investment. We have to be sincere for the exploration of natural resources making them the basis for economic development of the province. This province had also had windfall electricity production corridor. The only think is to contribute efforts for our overall national development adding that we have to provide a solid base for the development of newly merged districts into the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The newly merged districts have their own natural resources and they could contribute to the development. The newly merged districts needed more attention and a strong financial structure for the rehabilitation of victims of the insurgency, extremism and terrorism.
Haji Muhammad Javed, Majeed Aziz and Miss Ingrid Christensen also addressed the seminar.


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