Islamabad: The briefing was attended by Federal Minister Mr. Muhammad Azam Khan, Secretary OP&HRD Dr. Muhammad Hashim Popalzai, Chairman, National Industrial Relations Commission Justice (R) Shakirullah Jan and Senior Officers of the Ministry.
Secretary OP&HRD made a detailed presentation on functions and achievements of the Ministry and its attached departments. Briefing the meeting on achievements made during the period from 2013 to 2018, it was informed that besides completion of 25 developmental projects, a total of 30,082 marriage grants, 6,683 death grants, 62,981 scholarships and 447,194 pensions were granted during the period for the welfare of labour working in various industries of the country. It was further informed that for the welfare of Overseas Pakistanis, a total of 5,884 immigrants were provided with death/disability grants, 4,953 workers were provided emergency relief and 5,619 complaints were settled.
The meeting was briefed that 24 educational institutes are working across the country for welfare of labour and Overseas Pakistanis, in addition to housing and the health facilities. Issues arising from devolution of subjects to provinces were also discussed. The Prime Minister was informed that a total of 10.2 million expatriates immigrated during the period of 2009 to 2018, mainly to Gulf Countries as skilled and unskilled labour.
The Prime Minister directed Ministry of OP&HRD to engage with the governments and relevant departments of the foreign countries particularly in the Gulf Region, for increasing employment opportunities for Pakistani workers.