-Children are being engaged in risky works for poor application of law
-There are over 1.5 cr child labourers in the country. Of them, 90 pc are in informal sector, while rest 10 pc are in formal sector
Golam Mostafa Jibon: Children are being engaged in different risky works instead of going to school due to poor application of law and patronization of a section of unscrupulous people.
Consequently, it has now become difficult to achieve the government goal to make the country cent percent enlightened. Many children are being affected with various difficult diseases due to getting engaged in risky professions, while death of children from different accidents at their working places is increasing. Experts said, the proportion of engaging children in different risky works across the country especially in and outside Dhaka is increasing due to lack of proper monitoring by the concerned authorities and poor application of concerned law. Though, the government has made the primary education completely free, the children of poor and ultra-poor families are dropping out from school due to lack of care. Besides, family crisis is the main among many other reasons in this regard. There are over 1.5 crore child labourers in the country. The number of child labourers is increasing with the rising of population.
According to a study, around 90 percent of the child labouers work in the informal sector, while rest 10 percent work in formal sector. They are engaged in around 47 sorts of works. Most of them are risky and highly risky.
Sociologists seem that, the number of child laborers is increasing for more than 20 reasons including poverty, family feud, permanent separation, paternal profession, parents death and non-teaching education. But, those children are appointed in works with a low wages.
According to the UN charter, below 18 will be considered as children or underage.
Dr Md Jahangir Alam, also a prominent sociologist said, the number of child workers is increasing the country due to poverty and family separation. Many children engage in risky professions. Even, they get engaged in drug taking, peddling and snatching. But, there is no initiative of the government to make the children skill manpower. If the children are trained with technical education, they may turn into skill manpower for the country in future.
During a recent visit to Kamrangirchar area, this correspondent found that, many children were working at different workshops and chemical warehouses and industries amid massive health hazard and life risk.
While talking, Ramzan Ali, 55, an employer said, children comes to them in search of works. They provide work to the children as they (children) agree to work with poor salaries. It saves the money of the work providers. If those children were not provided with works, they may face scarcity of food and living. Many times, they get engaged in different crimes for want of works.
Fulchand Mian, 14, who works at a gas lighter making factory at the area, said, “I get Tk 150 to Tk 200 a day as per my performance. With the money, I help my father to carry our household as my father, also a rickshaw puller, cannot carry our family burden due to his poor income.”
Modhubala Khatun, 15, another girl worker of the factory said, “My father died from cardiac arrest seven years ago. My mother is now unable to work for her sickness. This is why, I have lent my hand to work.”
A recent study revealed that, some 66 percent children are engaged in agriculture, some 18 percent in industry sector, some four percent in transports and communication sector, and some 12 percent in domestic sector.
Of those children, 90 percent get admitted at primary school in the beginning. But, they leave the school before taking of secondary education.
Anu Mohammad, Professor of Jahangirnagor University said, “There is law on child labourers, but no application. Consequently, the number of child labourers in risky professions is on the rise. The government should take right plan over the issue.”