PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is planning to provide death and marriage grants to coalmine workers.

This was stated by KP Minister for Labour Shaukat Yousafzai while replying various questions during question-hour during the KP Assembly proceeding on Friday which was presided over by Deputy Speaker Mahmood Jan.

Shaukat Yousafzai said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in KP was taking several initiatives for welfare of the poor segment of society and would pay death and marriage grants to labourers working on coal mines to mitigate their financial woes.

After so many mishaps involving coalmine workers and loss of precious lives, demands were being made from different quarters to the KP government to take steps for their welfare.

The minister said the provincial government was taking measures to tackle environmental challenges and had launched the Billion Tree project in this regard. However, he added that it was a responsibility of each individual to play his part in making the country clean and green. He said there was a complete ban on use of polythene shopping bags and in this regard authorities concerned had also been directed to take stringent steps for implementation of the decision.

The KP Assembly members during the session underlined the need for making effective legislation against honour killings and ugly custom of Swara besides child abuse and harassment of women in society.

Shaukat Yousafzai said that there was a need to make collective efforts to weed out such ugly customs from society, adding that women had great place in Islam and they were given great respect. The minister said the government was striving to put an end to the Sawara custom and suggested that a committee may be constituted in this regard.

During the session, provision of clean drinking water in North Waziristan and rest of merged tribal districts and appointment of locals on project posts also came under discussion.

Deputy Speaker Mamood Jan expressed displeasure over absence of officials of the Health Department from the session and directed for action against them.

Call attention notices and privileges motions were also presented during the proceedings, which was adjourned by the deputy speaker till 11:00am on Monday.


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