Street children will get priority in Smart Bangladesh, says Tuku

Published : 11 Feb 2023 09:54 PM

Jatiya Sangsad Deputy Speaker Shamsul Hoque Tuku urged to identify the problems in working with street children and deprived children and ensure all facilities for them. He also informed about putting children forward in Smart Bangladesh Birniman.

He made this call on Saturday at the discussion meeting on the formation of the Parliamentary Urban Caucus at the Parliament Members' Club meeting room adjacent to the Parliament, organized by World Vision Bangladesh, an international child development organization. In the meeting, Parliamentary Urban Caucus was formed for the development, protection and establishment of rights of urban neglected, backward and slum-dwelling children.

Among the members of Parliament present were Rana Mohammad Sohail, Shabnam Jahan Sheela, Aroma Dutt, Rubina Akhter Meera, Subarna Mostafa, Shireen Ahmed, Jinnatul Bakia, Shamsun Nahar, Adiba Anjum Mita and other elected and reserved women constituencies.

Deputy Speaker Shamsul Hoque Tuku said that the current Bangladesh is moving forward at an unstoppable speed with the determination to build a smart Bangladesh under the strong leadership of Sheikh Hasina. He said backward and neglected children in urban areas are our children. As the highest level public representative, this matter is definitely the responsibility of our MPs. Maybe because of some of our lack of resources, various development organizations have been cooperating with the government. It seems to me that today's initiative was necessary to form a parliamentary caucus.

Actress and Member of Parliament Subarna Mostafa said that it is easy to stop child labor but it is very difficult to stop drug addiction among children. Ensuring the safety of children at all levels is essential. You have to think about how to keep children safe.

MP from reserved seat, Arma Dutta said, implementation of children's rights is another big challenge in meeting the SDG targets.

Until now, government and non-governmental organizations need to talk about what programs have been done for children.

The members of parliament present in the meeting think that it is necessary for everyone to understand the smiling face of every child, then it is possible to work more deeply for them.

Other speakers said, not discussions, meetings, seminars but work for children should be done in the field only then street children or deprived children will become assets.

Director Operations of World Vision Bangladesh;  Chandan Z. Gomez, Sr. Director of the organization presided over the event, moderated by Lima Hanna Daring. Chandan Gomez, keynote presenter and president of the program, said the pilot phase of the five-year Urban Program is underway and will end in 2025. He said that along with the regular activities of World Vision, the program has been started in Dhaka, Gazipur and Chittagong for the overall development of neglected, disadvantaged and backward children in urban or urban areas. .