Concerted efforts of all government and non-government entities had become urgent to preventing child labour for the greater interest of flourishing children’s physical and mental health.
Many children especially coming from poor and distressed families suffer from various physical and mental problems due to their engagement in risky labour. So, all the authorities concerned should come forward and work together to protect the children from their vulnerable condition.
The observation came at a meeting titled, ‘Divisional Child Labour Welfare Council’, held at the conference hall of divisional commissioner office in Rajshahi city on Tuesday.
The meeting was organised to mark World Child Labour Prevention Day-2018. ‘Generation Safe and Healthy’ was the main theme of the day. Local committee members of National Children Task Force joined the meeting.
Chaired by divisional commissioner Nur-Ur-Rahman, the meeting was addressed, among others, by additional commissioner Aminul Islam, deputy director of Divisional Directorate of Health Gopendra Nath Acharya, superintendent of police Abdus Salam, deputy inspector general (current Charge) of Department of Inspection for Factories and Establishments Kamrul Hasan and public prosecutor of judge court Entajul Haque.
The meeting was told that the government identified 38 child labour-prone sectors in 2012. Of these sectors, the readymade garment sector and shrimp industry were currently free of child labour.
The main cause of child labour in the country was poverty. The discussants viewed that the children were forced to sell labour for life in the age group of 6 to 7 years due to family and socio-economic reasons.
In most cases children were being involved in various types of work due to helplessness. Because of that many children could not go to school. Many children had to work for their family livelihood.
On the contrary, the employers, owners, and managers and concerned authorities preferred to employ children as they could easily be exploited to work longer hours with minimum wages.
Commissioner Nur-Ur-Rahman said that the present government under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina had been working relentlessly to protect children from risky labour. All the field level government and non-government organisations were working to supplement the government endeavour through contributing to this field.
He recommended counselling, opportunity to study besides work could ensure a beautiful life for a child. We need to stop the ongoing malpractices against children. More anti-poverty schemes could mitigate the problem, he added.
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