‘One lakh children to be freed from hazardous labor work by 2025’

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To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and take the country forward on the path of prosperity, work is underway to rehabilitate one lakh children by freeing them from hazardous labor by 2025 in forth phase.

The information was given by director of the labor department Md. Abu Ashrif Mamud at a roundtable discussion titled “The role of trade unions and civil society in eliminating child labor” at the CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Saturday morning.

In the discussion, it was also said that about 12 lakh children working in different sectors of the country will be rehabilitated in phases by releasing them from risky jobs.

With Veteran labor leader and former MP Shah Md Abu Jafar in the chair, the discussion , was addressed, among others, by veteran labor leaders Mujibur Rahman Bhuiyan, Shahidullah Badal ,Jahangir Hossain and Nasrin Akhtar Dina and General Secretary of Bangladesh Labor Rights Journalist Forum Ataur Rahman.

In the fourth phase, one lakh children will be freed as the government has signed an agreement with 112 NGOs to eliminate child labor.

Work on risky child labor elimination project has started at a cost of Taka 284 crore.

Earlier, a total of one lakh children have been released from hazardous work in three steps.