State Minister for Labour and Employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu today said the government has set targets of stopping hazardous child labour by 2021 and all sorts of child labour by 2025.
“We are conducting a survey to identify the exact number of child workers involved in hazardous jobs. After completing the survey, we will take prompt actions to eliminate hazardous child labour by 2021,” he told a discussion on “Ratification of ILO Convocation 138” in the city.
Bssinfotainment.net in cooperation with Australian Aid, CSID and World Vision organized the discussion in the conference room of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Managing Director and Chief Editor Abul Kalam Azad presided over the meeting while Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul,
BSS Managing Editor Shahriar Shahid, Joint Secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry Khondaker Mostak Hossain, Executive Director of CSID Khandaker Jahurul Alam and BSS Chief Reporter Md Ashequn Nabi Chowdhury took part in the discussion, among others.
Prof Shahnaz Huda of Department of Law of Dhaka University presented a keynote paper at the discussion.
Representatives of Different international and local organizations, journalists, right activists, among others, took part in the open discussion.
Chunnu said, “We have to change our mindset to stop all forms of child labour as well as eliminate repression of domestic workers. Domestic workers are being repressed by people of different strata in society.”
“It is urgent to change our mindset towards domestic workers to establish their rights,” he added.
The government has formulated the Domestic Workers Protection and Welfare Policy-2015.