‘Child Day Care Center Bill 2021’ passed in JS...

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‘Child Day Care Center Bill 2021’ passed in JS

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:06 PM, 16 June 2021   Updated: 03:59 PM, 16 June 2021

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The “Child Day Care Center Bill 2021” has been passed in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) with the provision that approval and certificate from the government is required to set up a child daycare center.

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira made the proposal in the Jatiya Sangsad on Wednesday and it was passed by voice vote.

The State Minister raised the bill in Parliament on April 3. The bill was later sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs for scrutiny and report to the Parliament.

The bill states that if a child goes missing from a child daycare center, a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to Tk 5 lakh, can be imposed. 

With the introduction of this bill, government, semi-government, autonomous and non-government organizations will be able to set up and operate self-managed class centers as well as daycare centers with registration certificates under the law.

The bill seeks to ensure that children with special needs, health care, safety, medical care, recreation, medicine, education and child-friendly environment and necessary facilities should be provided. Children should have an exchange of views with their parents once every three months.

Bangladesh currently has 119 daycare centers under the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs and 20 under the Ministry of Social Welfare. Now that this law has been passed, no one can run a child daycare center without approval. It would be a crime to conduct these without approval. There is a provision of two years imprisonment and a fine of Tk 10 lakh for running a child daycare center without registration.

The bill stipulates six months’ imprisonment or a fine of up to Tk 100,000 for helping to spread infectious diseases to child daycare centers or concealing information. The child daycare centers that are now operating must register within six months of the new law being passed. Then all the child daycare centers will come under the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs.

Regarding the purpose and reasons behind the bill, State Minister Indira said the practice of joint family in Bangladesh is gradually declining and the number of single families in the country is constantly increasing. The number of working and professional mothers is increasing day by day in the country and people working in government, semi-government, autonomous and non-government organizations have to stay out of their homes for most of the day, as a result, the need for child daycare centers is increasing day by day.

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