LAHORE: Secretary Labor Liaquat Ali Chatha chaired a meeting of the 156th Governing Body of Punjab Social Security at its head office. After the joint decision of the members in the absence of the Minister of Labor, the Secretary Labor presided over the meeting. Commissioner Punjab Social Security Miss Humaira Ikram and other members of the Governing Body attended the meeting. The Governing Body approved a surplus budget of Rs. 22.498 billion for the financial year 2022-23 of Punjab Social Security. More than Rs. Rs 57.84 crore has been allocated for financial compensation. The Governing Body approved the allocation of over Rs. 1 billion for the Medical Care Wing of Hospitals and Directorates. The target is to collect Rs 20.925 billion in social security contributions. Rs 1.53 billion will be invested while Rs 3.79 crore will be raised from other sources. Directed to set a target of registration of 1 million workers. The governing body also approved an increase in the salaries of the employees by the Punjab government. Rs 520 million has been allocated for the purchase of electro-medical equipment of social security hospitals and Rs 50 million for the construction of social security hospitals and directorates. The Governing Body also approved to increase the cost of food for the patients admitted in the hospital from Rs. 250 to Rs. 350. It has been approved to increase the convention allowance of workers from Rs. 1.75 km to Rs. 3 km and in case of access to private ambulance facility for workers, the allowance has been increased from Rs. 15 km to Rs. 30 km. The governing body approved raising the minimum disability pension from Rs 3,437 to Rs 6,000 and increasing the workers’ pension by 10 per cent.