KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday warned the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) to provide electricity or pack their bags from the province.
The chief minister while addressing the Sindh Assembly also issued similar warning to the Hyderabad Electric Supply Corporation (Hesco) and Sukkur Electric Power Company (Sepco).
“We had discussed it in cabinet meetings, and I repeat, if you (Hesco and Sepco) cannot provide electricity then pack your bags and leave,” said the chief minister.
CM Murad said that he will personally take up the matter with the federal minister and chairman WAPDA for the discriminatory attitude towards Sindh.
He said that there was already a law under which consumbers can complain about over-billing and other issues directly to the authority, who are obliged to solve them by an open court.
Bill on prohibition of employment of Children
The Sindh Assembly also passed an amendment bill which prohibits the forced labour and employment of children under the age of twelve years.
Murad Ali Shah said that the department of labour was devolved to the province under the 18th Amendment and other provinces had made similar amendments.
He noted that Article 11 Section 3 of the Constitution of Pakistan stated “No Children below the age of fourteen years shall be engaged in any factory or mine or any other hazardous environment.”
Therefore, he said that the bill aimed to enforce the law and was not new as it was in effect since 1991. He revealed that the cabinet will also introduce a bill of domestic home-based labour.
Murad called on the opposition to also propose any amendments to any bill and it would be discussed and approved, while the government will only consider bills submitted by the opposition.
“The law is enforced now and is in effect since 1991. I have found that Punjab and Khyber Pakktunkhwa have legislated the same law and now we (Sindh) have also enforced it,” he said.
The bill defines a child as less then twelve years old, and adolescents between fourteen to eighteen years of age.
The bill completely prohibits forced employment of children less than twelve years of age. However, adolescents can work except for hazardous profession.
Children between twelve and fourteen years can work part-time for two hours per day to assist and provide helping hand to their parents.