In Punjab, the labour inspectorate was de facto abolished between 2003 and 2010. Measures designed to re-establish an effective and efficient labour inspectorate can be broken down into three fields of activity:
- Capacity development measures for state institutions and promotion of improved cooperation
- Promotion of dialogue between state, private-sector and civil society actors
- Communicating incentives and advising companies on ways of improving social standards
At organisational level, the units and institutions of the Punjab Ministry of Labour and Employment will become qualified to provide better advisory services in the field of prevention and to improve the training provided to labour inspectors. Social dialogue encourages the involvement of state, private-sector and civil society actors in the reform of the labour inspectorate, thus helping reconcile interests. In addition, textile and clothing companies receive support in the form of organisational development measures to combine positive changes in the field of social standards with productivity gains.