NETROKONA, July 22, 2018 (BSS) – State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque today said campaigns are being carried out throughout the country to create mass awareness for eliminating hazardous child labour by 2021.
“The government has formulated a policy to protect domestic workers. Now it is going to enact a law in this regard,” he said, addressing a workshop as the chief guest at the conference room of Deputy Commissioner (DC) here.
Labour and Employment Ministry organized the workshop titled ‘Eliminating Hazardous Child Labour and Implementation of Domestic Worker Protection and Welfare Policy, 2015’ with Netrokona DC Mainul Islam in the chair, said a press release.
Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy and Secretary of the Labour and Employment Ministry Afroza Khan addressed the workshop as special guests, the release added.
Addressing the seminar, Mujibul Haque said a total of 100,000 children were identified in the divisional cities who are engaged in hazardous jobs.
Under the hazardous child labour elimination project, they will be given technical trainings to make themselves self-reliant, he added.
Haque urged the DCs to send lists of their respective districts to the ministry describing how many children are engaged in which sector in risky jobs.
Addressing the workshop, Afroza Khan said the Labour and Employment Ministry has taken a three-year project involving about Taka 300 crore to eliminate the hazardous child labour.
Inspector General of the Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Md Shamsuzzaman Bhuiyan, Netrokona District Council Chairman Prashanta Kumar Ray, President of the district Awami League Matiur Rahman and Netrokona Municipality Mayor Nazrul Islam Khan also spoke in the programme, among others.
Upazila Chairmen, Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNOs), Union Parishad Chairmen and representative from different government and non-government institutions of the district took part in the workshop.
Later, Haque handed over a cheque for Taka 75,000 from the Bangladesh Labour Welfare Foundation fund to three labourers as financial assistance.