Lahore, December 10, 2019 (PPI-OT): After inauguration of Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) facilitation center on Tuesday, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has become the first Chamber of the country which 10 facilitation centers at its premises for the members.
Director General PESSI Muhammad Hanif Rana and LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh inaugurated the facilitation center. LCCI Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar, Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad, former Vice President Kashif Anwar, Executive Committee Members Shafiq Ahmed Butt and Haji Asif Sehar were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the DG said that PESSI Center at LCCI would help early addressal of the issues being faced by the business community and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry deserves appreciation for having such an essential facilities under one roof.
Muhammad Hanif Rana said that the Punjab Employees Social Security Institution (PESSI) is an autonomous body under the administrative control of Labour and Human Resource Department under the Punjab Government Rules of Business, 1974 established through the Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965. He said that provision of health facilities to the workers and their dependents is covered under the Provincial Social Security Laws. The Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965 requires the employers to contribute 6% of the wages of their employees.
The DG said that contribution of the businessmen is being spent on the social welfare projects transparently. LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said that it is the 10th facilitation center at LCCI while centers of Traffic Police, NADRA, Excise and Taxation, SMEDA, FBR, LESCO, IPO, Exports Facilitation and Complaint Cell are already providing matchless services to the business community.
He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry has prepared recommendations to the government after comprehensive analysis of all the factors regarding doing business. Purpose of this initiative is to ensure business friendly atmosphere in the country. “We have suggested that PESSI should act as an facilitator instead collecting taxes while its contribution should be collected through Punjab Revenue Authority”, Irfan Iqbal Sheikh said.
The LCCI President called for improvement in dispensaries and hospitals working under PESSI management. He urged PESSI chairman to arrange awareness sessions to disseminate information about services being offered to the workers. LCCI Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar said that the LCCI has been advocating since long for one window facility to carry out different liabilities.
The idea of establishing one-window can prove handy in this connection. He said that these measures, if taken instantly can help in improving the Ease of Doing Business ranking of Pakistan. LCCI Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry wants that there should be frequent interaction between public and private sectors to transform Pakistan. On the occasion, Saima Sheikh from Punjab Information Technology Board gave a detailed presentation.
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