Health and education govt’s top priorities: Haji Manzoor Afridi

F.P. Report

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Caretaker Minister for Labour, Excise and Narcotics Control Haji Manzoor Khan Afridi has said that the welfare of workers is among the top priorities of the provincial government while his department will ensure the protection of their rights besides providing maximum benefits to the working class that included health and education facilities of workers and their wards, he added.

He was chairing a meeting on the performance of Employees Social Security Institution (ESSI), a subsidiary of his ministry at his office Civil Secretariat Peshawar. On this occasion, Secretary Labour, Ruhollah Khan and ESSI officials shed light on the goals and objectives of the institution and the performance of the health centers established under it in major cities of the province.

The provincial minister expressed his satisfaction that this institution, established for the treatment and welfare of workers, is not only running with its own resources but also has a good balance in its income and expenditures. However, he emphasized the need to link all the health centers of the institution with the health card scheme.

Haji Manzoor Afridi said that due to the health card, on the one hand, the duality lof treatment will be eliminated and the family members of the workers will have the best medical facilities, while on the other hand, its income and specialization will also increase continuously. Henceforth after proper preparation, it has been decided to call a joint meeting of ESSI, Health, Labour Departments and the relevant insurance company.

The Minister also directed to link the Education Department and Working Focus Grammar Schools under the Workers Welfare Board with the Education Department and convene a joint meeting of the relevant authorities after proper preparation for this purpose so that the quality of education can be improved as well as duplication of the institutions ends and all government departments are able to work in a coordinated and functional manner, he concluded.