Punjab Employees Social Security Institution, while admitting the long delay in issuance of registration cards to industrial workers, has decided to form mobile teams to issue PESSI cards to industrial workers.
The decision was announced by the Commissioner PESSI Dr Sajid Yousafani while speaking at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Monday.
He said the institution has decided to constitute mobile teams that would visit the respective Industrial association during every second week of the month and issue the cards to the new workers. He, however, made it clear that these PESSI teams would give their visit schedule to the respective associations well ahead of time.
He said that the PESSI is going to introduce online contribution system very soon as pilot projects had already been launched in Shahdra and Sialkot that would hopefully be a great facilitation to the businessmen.
To questions about delays in issuance of marriage/death grants, the Commissioner said that the necessary measures are being taken.
Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that the business community strongly opposes increase in the wage ceiling from Rs.12000 to Rs.15000. They said that keeping in the view the current economic situation of the country, it should be reviewed and brought back to the same denominator.
They said that initially the contribution to PESSI by the organizations was 0.2% on Rs. 50,000/- but now the rate has been increased up to 1% on Rs.100,000/- which is again burdening the already pressured private sector.
They said that only those laborers are covered under social security who meets a certain criteria, we on the other hand want this criteria to be relaxed so that more and more laborers can benefit from this system and may utilize the facilities of healthcare provided by social security institution.
The LCCI office-bearers said that considering the rapid increase in the population of the country, it is depressing to see the appalling state of affairs of the paraphernalia provided for the health of workers.
Mian Abuzar Shad said that additional penal code clauses related to workers seem to be overstressed. He proposed that the dealing of relevant cases to be done through available civil laws.
He said that provision of marriage and death grants is an appreciable assistance but the attainment of this facility involves irksome processes which results in bottlenecking of this prospect. He proposed that a one-window operation should be introduced so that the attainment of this facility is not such an exhausting route to follow.