PM call for collective efforts to alleviate impact of COVID-19 on labourers

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

08th Jul, 2020. 01:56 pm
Federal Cabinet meeting today

Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged the world community to formulate a combined strategy to protect the vulnerable segments of the society especially the labourers from the impacts of Covid-19.

He was addressing an online ILO Global Summit on Covid-19 and the World of Work.

Speaking about the efforts done by his government to stem the spread of the virus and to make sure the labour force of the country does not go hungry, the prime minister said, “We decided that the government needed to transfer cash to the informal part of the labour. Those who were registered, we asked the employers to keep them employed. But the ones who were not, we helped them through Ehsaas programme.”

“Never in the country’s history was so much money transferred to so many people in a short time,” he remarked. “This saved us from some of the worst aspects of the crisis. Unlike in India, where they imposed a curfew which pushed people into deeper poverty.”

The online gathering of world leaders, heads of international organizations, employers, and workers will discuss the ways to address the economic and social impacts of the Pandemic.

The International Labour Organization is organizing the event.

The Global Summit is to provide a high-profile platform for government, employer and worker representatives, and other high-level actors, to address the economic and social impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The summit will is an opportunity to discuss the challenges and responses of countries and regions that are still battling with the pandemic and of those are starting the recovery process.
A concept note provides further details on the rationale, context and main topics for discussion and invites participants to draw on the ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in the immediate response to the pandemic and as a framework for building back better in the post-pandemic recovery.
Furthermore this day features addresses from Heads of State and Government, and prominent global employer and trade union leaders on the challenges and opportunities of the pandemic in the world of work.
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