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ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, secretary general of Jatiyo Party (JP), shared some of the points related to child rights, which are likely to appear in the election manifesto of the party.
An ally of the ruling 14-party alliance, JP has formed a committee headed by commerce minister GM Kader to prepare their election manifesto which would detail out the matter, he said.
Howlader said they would take steps to ensure that all children, orphan or with parents, receive all kinds of facilities that would help them grow up as good citizens. “It will be the government’s responsibility to ascertain security of children’s life and their future.”
“Our manifesto would focus on points prioritising how we could maximise our contribution for children and protect their interest,” he added.
Howlader said things have changed globally a lot since Jatiyo Party was in power. So, they will take into consideration the present demands and aspirations of the children, many of who would soon turn into voters.
The experts and policy makers of our party would take note of the demands of the modern time keeping in mind the recently enacted Children Act 2013, which defines everyone below the age of 18 as children, he said.
JP secretary general referred to laws of European countries including United Kingdom which protect children not only from abuse outside of home but also from parents’ cruelty. He said similar laws should be in place in Bangladesh too to prevent parental abuse of children.
Regarding equity-based economic development and rapid, unplanned urbanisation that is widening the gap between rich and poor, Howlader said we can reduce discrimination only if we start working towards development from grassroots level.
“Standard of living is not same in urban and rural areas. People do not receive equal privileges,” he said, adding that the evils of urbanisation can be prevented by ensuring all kinds of facilities in the villages across Bangladesh.
Referring to the village development projects during Hussien Muhammad Ershad’s reign, Howlader described how creation of upazillas and construction of roads throughout the country had helped in the development of rural Bangladesh.
Such grassroots level development is necessary for elimination of urban-rural discrimination, he observed.
If all facilities necessary for a better standard of living, that are found in urban areas can be made available in villages then rural people would not need to migrate to cities, he said.
In fact, a child growing up in a village would get a better environment in terms of greenery and space if we can ensure all the facilities as that of a city, Howlader opined.
Besides rural development to accelerate equity-based growth, Howlader said JP would also emphsise on education, food and health issues of children.