Minister Calls Factory Owner And Affectees Of Sunder Incident To Hear In Next Meeting


Provincial minister for Industries, Commerce and Investment (ICI) Sheikh Alauddin while chairing a meeting held last day at the civil secretariat has directed to call the owner of the factory collapsed at Sunder Industrial Estates in 2015 along with affected families to settle the issue of compensation in next meeting. The meeting was also attended among others by the Advocate General, Punjab Shakil-ur-Rehman Khan, Secretary ICI Dr. Mujtaba Piracha, Secretary, Labour Dr. Shoaib Akbar and CEO of Punjab Industrial Estates Development and Management Company (PIEDMC) Iftikhar Hussain. Advocate General, Punjab briefed the house about the legal provisions as envisaged in the Workmen Compensation Act, 1923, with particular reference to the payment of compensation to affectees of such incidents. He also intimated that a wide scope of making payments to affectees as compensation occurred in the Act. The minister said, “So, under the said provisions, all remaining amounts in this case must be paid by the legal heirs of owner.” He further informed that as the Honorable Lahore High Court passed directions during the course of previous hearing that before taking any decision to this effect by the committee, the petitioner/legal heirs along-with his counsel may be listened in person, so, it is his opinion to comply with the said directions of the Honorable Lahore High Court, Lahore.