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8 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘Big budgetary boost to child development’

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‘Big budgetary boost to child development’

 Finance minister AMA Muhith yesterday said the government’s goal was to allocate 20 per cent of the total budget for children by 2020 to boost their development. “We have been focusing on the development of children in national planning and budgeting by preparing the Child Budget from FY2015-16. The allocation of budget for children is being increased every year. Our goal is to allocate 20 per cent of total budget for children by 2020,” the minister said while tabling his 10th consecutive budget in Parliament.

In his budget speech, Muhith said children employed in risky jobs were now given skill development training for 18 months and informal education for six months. “Thanks to these programmes, 90,000 children have been able to go back to normal life. In the current year, 60,000 more children shall be brought under these programmes,” he added.

The finance minister said following discussions with employers, workers and civil society organisations, 38 jobs were identified as risky for children.

Apart from giving special attention to the promotion of education for women, training and creating opportunities for self-employment and ensuring easy access to micro credit, neglected, destitute and physically-challenged women, and poor working mothers have been brought under the social safety net, he said.

“Besides, our government is playing an effective role in women development and empowerment by formulating a legal framework to combat violence against women. We're preparing a gender-responsive budget and earmarking development projects,” he noted. “Women are gradually becoming active and formal partners of our socio-economic development activities. The number of working women increased to 18.6 million in 2016-17 from 16.2 million in 2010. Bangladesh now stands 47th among 144 countries as per ‘The Global Gender Gap Report’ in 2017, whereas the positions of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan were 108, 109, 111, 124 and 143, respectively,” the finance minister said.

Bangladesh now holds the top position among South Asian countries in reducing gender disparity. Particularly, the status of Bangladesh is gradually improving in the context of political empowerment, education and economic involvement of women.

“We are implementing multi-faceted programmes for creating appropriate environment for the physical and mental development of children. Running child development centres, ensuring safety and education of those children are at the risk of child labour and early marriage, and establishment of day-care centres for the children of working mothers are some of these programmes,” Muhith said. Programmes like establishment of drop-in centres, emergency night shelter, children-friendly zones, open-air schools, and tariff-free child helpline were going on for the development of underprivileged children, Muhith said.

 

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