Child labour eradication from informal sector stressed

Speakers at a discussion have urged the authorities concerned to take immediate steps for eradicating child labour from the country’s informal sector as they face risk and exploitation here.

About 90% of the child workers are engaged in informal sector where workers remain out of registration and are appointed without due process. This sector is also remains out of government monitoring, they observed. They made the observations while addressing a discussion on ‘Dialogue on National Plan of Action (NPA) on Elimination of Child Labour’ at CIRDAP auditorium in the city on Thursday. 

INCIDIN Bangladesh organized the programme supported by Terre des Hommes Netherlands.  Speakers further said it is needed to bring the informal sector under government monitoring, because child workers continue to face exploitation and mental and physical health risks here. Over 12 lakh children are working in hazardous condition in this sector. If steps are not taken to eliminate child labour from risky jobs, it would be tough to achieve the government’s target of total elimination of children from risky jobs by 2021, they added.  

They called for identifying child labour at domestic and dried fish sectors as risky for children.  They also called for turning children into skilled human resources after recovering them from risky works, and increasing the capacity of children in greater structure through protection with joint involvement of government and non-governmental sector.   

Sakeun Nahar Begum, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, attended as the chief guest. AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, chaired it.

Advocate Salma Ali, Co-Chair, Child Rights Monitoring Committee and Member of National Child Labour Welfare Council, Mahmudul Kabir, Country Director of Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Md. Ruhul Amin, Deputy Secretary of Labour and Employment Ministry, M Robiul Islam, Deputy Director, Focal of Child Rights, National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh, among others, spoke.