On 23rd March 2008, the national day of Pakistan the Governor of Punjab presented the national award of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz to Mr. Saeed Awan, Director Centre for the Improvement of Working Conditions and Environment (CIWCE). Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, is one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan and was given to Mr. Awan for his services for promoting the welfare of marginalised and vulnerable workers.The improved loom for carpet weavers was cited as best example of the contribution Mr. Awan has made to promote the healtth and productivity of carpet wevers and combat hzardous child labour from this sector.
The Punjab Government in Pakistan has pledged funds to provide 3000 ergonomic looms in 12 districts of Punjab. These looms will be provided on 50% subsidized cost. The iniitiative is aimed at imprving the health and income of the carpet weavers, 80% of the whom are poor rural women.
30 ergonomic looms were distributed in families in rural areas. The impact of these looms was assessed on the health and income of these families. •58.3% of the ergonomic loom users stated that their income had improved, and 29.2% said it had not changed. Also major drop in complaints related to health was noticed in the ergonomic loom users versus the traditional loom users.
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