State Minister for Labor and Employment Mojibul Haque Chunnu on Tuesday said he is hopeful that the government will be able to eradicate hazardous child labor from the country by 2016.
“We certainly can overcome the problem, but we need time to mitigate the child labour issue by 2016,” he said.
The junior minister was addressing a roundtable, titled ‘Elimination of Hazardous Child Labour: Problem Analysis and Our Role’, at Daily Star auditorium in the city.
Mojibul Haque noted that people’s awareness can play a vital role in preventing the hazardous child labour alongside official steps.
“We should start from our own houses,” he told the roundtable organized by Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum (BSAF).
Speaking on the occasion, country director of Islamic Relief Bangladesh Shabel Firuz stressed strong reporting mechanism so as to ensure that children can easily raise their complaints by themselves.
He also recommended that the authorities adopt stricter scrutiny of the establishments employing child labour before issuing trade licenses.
Chaired by BSAF director Abdus Shahid Mahmood, the roundtable was also addressed by Women and Children Affairs Ministry joint-secretary Ashrafunnessa and BSAF chairman Imranul Huq Chowdhury.
Hazardous child labor ‘to be gone by 2016’