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Ehsaas Labour Expert Groups convenes eleventh meeting in 13 months


July 23, 2020 -Islamabad: As part of ‘Mazdoor ka Ehsaas’, a meeting of the Ehsaas Labour Expert Group (LEG) was convened with federal government departments, provincial governments, international development partners, researchers, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), labour rights groups, and representatives of workers and employers from across Pakistan. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the meeting. The meeting discussed the key recommendations of the final report furnished by the LEG along with way forward for extension of social protection services to the informal labour sector in Pakistan. The LEG report has been finalized and will be released in the public domain by the end of this week. The report recommends to bring the informal workers inside the formal network, address exploitation of labour, and enforcement of minimum wage, as pledged by the Constitution of Pakistan. Dr. Nishtar lauded the expert group for their commendable work. Since the constitution of the LEG on May 1, 2019 by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, this was the eleventh meeting of the group.