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YPSA, an organization in Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)

Sharing meeting on “Covid 19: Elimination of Child Labour” held

Guest in the meeting
“Child labor could increase due to the economic impact of Covid-19. So, new plans and guidelines are needed to be added to eliminate child labor”. This was  stated by the speakers at an view-exchange meeting titled ‘Determining what should be done to eliminate child labor’ held on November 12, 2020, . The meeting was organized by the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments, Chittagong and YPSA, an organization for sustainable development, in the conference room of the Department of Inspection of Factories and Establishments (DIFE).

Presentation my Md Ali Shahin

Mohammad Ali Shahin, Project Coordinator,  YPSA, presented the concept paper in the meeting chaired by Mr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Director, Chittagong Divisional Labor Department.

He said several thousand of children of the country are working in different hazardous  jobs. We get reports of child abuse in the media at different times. Children are victims of physical and mental abuse at work aswell. The economic and social impact  of the pandemic  will further increase the child labor in the future, new plans will have to be adopted keeping in mind the previous plan to eliminate child labor.

Abdullah Al Shakib Mubarrat, Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Factory and Establishment Inspection, Chittagong, said the elimination of child labor is a challenging task. Because of the poverty associated with it. There is no doubt that Covid:19 will have a negative impact on the economy of Bangladesh. However, the government is determined to deal with the situation.

Mr. Mohammad Nasir Uddin, Director, Chittagong Divisional Labor Department, said, “It is the responsibility of the state, society and all of us to protect the rights of children. The Bangladesh Labor Act, 2006 specifically defines the Child. Initiatives should be taken to eradicate child labor and government agencies as well as NGOs involved in these causes can be involved.

The meeting was attended by Robert Kamal Sarkar, Chittagong Representative of International Development Organization World Vision Bangladesh, Jubayer Rashid, an official of Ghasful and representatives of various non-governmental organizations such as Caritas, ILMA and BITA. Everyone presents their valuable feedback on the elimination of child labour considering the impact of the pandemic.