State Minister for Labour and Employment Md Mujibul Haque Chunnu has said the government is aiming to eradicate child labour from Bangladesh within 2025.
He made the statement while talking to the journalist after a meeting with European Union Parliamentary delegation at the secretariat on Thursday.
The minister said: “The government will eliminate child labour from 38 risky sectors within 2021 and from all sectors by 2025.”
According to a report published by Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics last December, there are as many as 3.45 million children in active labour in Bangladesh. Ten years ago, when the BBS published its last report, 3.2 million children were in active labour. So, in 10 years, child labour has increased by 250,000.
The report also says that 1.228 million children were engaged in hazardous jobs. In 2003, this figure was 1.3 million, showing that in 10 years the government has managed to remove 72,000 children from hazardous jobs.
In 2012, the government identified 38 child labour-prone sectors. The government claims that the readymade garment sector and the shrimping industry – two of the 38 sectors identified in 2012 – are now fully free from child labour.
However, some of the other sectors, including transport, still remain heavily dominated by child labour, many in hazardous jobs.