Save the labor class from the effects of COVID-19, Pakistan urges world at ILO summit

Islamabad – Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to formulate a joint strategy to protect the weaker sections of society, especially the workers, from the effects of COVID-19.

Addressing an online ILO Global Summit on COVID-19 and World of Work, the Premier pointed out that many countries, including Pakistan, depend on remittances sent by foreign workers. “Even though host countries are facing many problems due to coronovirus, we still need to be more sympathetic towards these laborers,” he said.

Imran Khan emphasized that the lockout has affected the labor community the most. He said that the future is very uncertain because we do not know how long it will take for the economy to recover from the effects of the epidemic. He said that we are praying that vaccines come up as a cure for the virus but in the meantime we need to share our experiences and exchange ideas to protect our vulnerable groups.

Sharing the experience of early lockdown of Pakistan, the Prime Minister said that it made our daily wage workers and laborers unemployed. Therefore, he said that we had come up with the smart lockdown idea under which public ceremonies were stopped but we allowed other activities like construction and reopening of agricultural areas.

Imran Khan said that the Pakistani government provided cash assistance to the laborers under the EHSA program after completing its registration process. He said that this was the first time in the history of Pakistan that such a huge amount of money was disbursed in such a short time. He said that this saved us from the worst effects of lockdown.

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