Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan will formally launch the 'Mazdoor ka Ehsas Programme' for workers today.
Under the umbrella of his government's Ehsas Programme, the initiative will provide social protection to workers in the country's informal labour market and welfare to Pakistanis living overseas.
According to the government, the informal sector accounts for approximately 72 percent of non-agricultural employment in Pakistan. A large proportion of rural workers, both men and women, work in the non-agriculture informal economy and the agriculture sector. These workers are expected to benefit from Mazdoor ka Ehsas.
Khan's special assistant for information and broadcasting, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, said, "Mazdoor ka Ehsas Programme will prove a milestone in the social protection of labourers and will improve the dignity of labourers."
The formal launch of the programme will coincide with Labour Day.
In a message, Khan said, "Labour Day affords us an opportunity to recognise the valuable contributions being made by the workers.
"Dividends of inclusive economic growth cannot be realised if the workers are deprived of their due rights and opportunities.
"Workers are our partners in growth and development."
The prime minister added that the government is endeavoring to strengthen the labour market and create 10 million jobs over five years in key sectors like housing, SMEs, health, education, green economy and tourism.
Dr Arif Alvi, President of Pakistan, also stated, "Government will do its utmost to ameliorate and improve the socio-economic
conditions of workers.
"This day is not only a reminder of the struggle of workers but also an acknowledgement of their importance for national growth and progress."