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Bangladesh cracks down on child labor

Bangladesh plans to end hazardous child labor by 2021 and all forms of child labor by 2025. There are 3.4 million children involved in various forms of employment around the country. Of them, about 1.7 million fall into the category of child labor.

Over the past few years, about 1,00,000 children, earlier engaged in hazardous labor, have been rehabilitated. A life-cycle approach with focus on childhood will be adopted. Employers are being motivated to stop child labor. The school system will be made more congenial and children will be given importance in social security programs. Right now parents feel educating a child is of no use and it is more profitable to put them to work. Though it would be difficult to remove child workers from the enormous informal sector, parents have to be rendered economically able in order to bring an end to child labor.

The media will be called upon to raise awareness in this regard. While there are people taking a stand against child labor, they have no hesitation in employing children to do their domestic work.

Budget allocations will be made for various programs aimed at ending child labor. Removing child labor will be a priority in the seventh five-year plan.