Mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Atiqul Islam on Wednesday announced that from now on, they would not give permission for organising fair at any playground under its jurisdiction. He came up with the announcement at a dialogue with adolescents titled ‘We want to say’ at Gulshan Nagar Bhaban.
The DNCC Health Department organised the dialogue where teenagers from different areas of the city corporation, especially the disadvantaged ones, took part. The participants expressed their opinions with the mayor on various issues, including environment pollution, child labour, playgrounds, insecurity, healthcare, waste management, safe water and slum housing. When a teenager, Mohammad Hasan, said the city corporation has no enough playground and the existing ones are also occupied for arranging fairs, the mayor said “There’ll be no fair in any field of the city corporation. We won’t allow this. You (children) will use those. If anyone creates any problem and doesn’t allow you to play, call 333 and lodge a complaint. We’ll take prompt action.”
When teenage girls demanded a safe environment for them at the playgrounds and parks, he said they are renovating and developing 24 playgrounds and parks, of which 17 will have CCTV cameras and LED lights. “Only women and children will play at Banani-18 playground.”
Atiqul said they will see whether a certain part of a playground can be set aside for teenagers for a certain time elsewhere. A teenage girl named Maryam Akhter Meghla sought more female physicians and pharmacists at hospitals and pharmacies, saying although they face many problems, they cannot narrate those at hospitals or pharmacies as male doctors are most in number.
Taking the floor, DNCC Chief Health Officer Brig Gen Dr Mominur Rahman Mamun said there are female doctors at the maternity hospitals of the city corporation. “You can come there and our health workers will visit you, too.” At this stage, the DNCC mayor announced that the city corporation will not charge any tax from those pharmacies that will have cent percent female workers.
He also advised the girls to speak with courage and claim their rights, assuring them that they will resolve the claims that they made today. DNCC senior officials and health specialist at Unicef Bangladesh Shamima Siddique were present at the dialogue. After the dialogue, the mayor visited Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed Park at Gulshan with the teenagers.