Civil Society members at a programme called for proper implementation of National Plan of Action (NPA) 2018-2022 for preventing human trafficking which has become a national problem now a days. They made the call at an orientation meeting titled ‘National Plan of Action (NPA) 2028-2022 for Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking’ at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Thursday.
While presenting the keynote paper at the meeting, AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, said as per the Prevention and Suppression of Human Trafficking Act-2012, the NPA has been formulated to smoothly carry out the activities relating to prevention of the trafficking, said a press release on Thursday
“As per the NPA guidelines, the home ministry is supposed to establish a human trafficking prevention agency, a national fund, and a special tribunal for holding trial of human traffickers. But no effective step has yet been taken for implementing the NPA,” he said, calling for taking steps on an emergency basis.
Ferdousi Akhter, joint secretary (political-2) of Public Safety Division of Home Ministry, attended the meeting as the chief guest.
In her speech, Ferdousi Akhter said the NPA has been formulated with a view to achieving certain relevant matters mentioned in SDGs. Different ministries are working in this regard. She directed the concerned officials to discharge their duties properly. Chaired by AKM Masud Ali, Mohammad Jahirul Islam, director (admin and development) of Wage Earners Welfare Board, and human rights lawyer Salma Ali, among others, spoke at the event.
INCIDIN Bangladesh, on behalf of PCTSCN consortium, organised the programme supported by TdH Netherlands. The event was held to orient the government officials about the roles of each ministry and department regarding the NPA. Representatives from different ministries and departments, national and international NGOs and lawyers attended the programme.