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Labourers seeks financial benefits as per Covid-19 SOPs

May 04, 2020

MANSEHRA: The labourers working on 880 megawatts Suki Kinari Hydropower Project on Sunday threatened to come to streets if their salaries and other financial benefits announced by the government under the Covid-19 standard operation procedure were not paid to them within the next three days.

“The work on this energy project is well in progress but the labourers have been deprived of their two-month salaries and benefits announced by government for labourers quarantined in Covid-19 emergency,” Tahir Hussain Shan, the president of labourers union, told reporters after a meeting attended at the dam site.

The meeting through a unanimously adopted resolution decided to give a three-day period to the executing company of the dam to clear their dues, otherwise, they would stage protest in Hassan and Balakot areas. Tahir Shah said that currently over 7000 labourers had been working on dam’s construction and power house being built on Kunhar River in Kaghan valley but the company concerned was in breach of SOPs laid down by government since Covid-19 lockdown in the country.

The president of labourers association said that Prime Minister Imran Khan had announced financial assistance package for the labourers in the country but unfortunately neither government paid them that benefits nor company concerned. Bilal Khan, the deputy director commercial and technical affairs of the company, when contacted said since start of Covid-19 emergency, the labourers were offered to stay permanently at camp to execute project, otherwise, those coming daily couldn’t rejoin work until pandemic was over.