The High Court of Lahore ordered the government of Punjab to record every bric kiln over 6 months and prohibited the employment of children under 14 in all sectors linked to economic activities, in order to eradicate a threat of bonded and child labor.
The court directed the federal and Punjab governments to ensure implementation of all laws in letter and spirit and faithfully discharge their duties and perform their functions for eradication of forced and child labour from all sectors of the economy including agriculture, brick kilns, mining, tanneries, carpet weaving, glass-bangle making, construction and fisheries and all other such fields.
The court observed that the bonded and child labour is on the rampant despite all steps to eliminate it. “We are trapped in a vicious circle.
The court ruled that the deputy commissioner of every district shall arrange issuance of CNICs to brick kiln workers and registration of their children by Nadra within six months. No child below the age of 14 years shall be employed or permitted to work at any brick kiln.
Every engagement or appointment of a worker at a brick kiln shall be subject to a written contract in the prescribed form as required under Section 3 of the Punjab Prohibition of Child Labour at Brick Kilns Act, 2016.
No brick kiln owner or manager shall give any advance to a worker engaged by him exceeding Rs 50,000 and every brick kiln owner/ manager shall maintain a register of advances in the prescribed manner. No industrial, commercial or agricultural establishment, factory, mine, workshop, business, trade, industry or other place where any economic activity is carried on shall employ or permit a child below 15 years to work as mandated by the Punjab Restriction on Employment of Children Act, 2016.
The brick kiln owners shall pay statutory contribution to the Employees’ Social Security Institution in accordance with law and if they fail to do so their dues shall be recovered with penalties under Section 23 of the Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965, as arrears of land revenue.