National volunteer policy to be formulated: Tajul
Published: 08:22 PM, 5 December 2020
Md Tajul Islam addressing a function on the occasion of International Volunteer Day 2020
Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Minister Md Tajul Islam on Saturday said that a national volunteer policy will be formulated in the country to recognize the work of volunteers and bring them under one framework.
He made the announcement while addressing a function on the occasion of International Volunteer Day 2020 and award distribution at a hotel in the capital, said a press release.
The Minister said, “In the great War of Liberation, during various natural calamities and difficult times, volunteers spontaneously took part in many public welfare activities. National Volunteer Policy, if formulated, will help bring the voluntary activities of government organizations as well as the private sector and development partners into the mainstream and give government recognition to volunteerism.”
He also said that work is underway to form a National Technical Working Committee and finalize the terms of reference of the committee.
Mentioning that many people have taken part in humanitarian activities amid the deadly coronavirus epidemic, he said, “In any disaster, the people of this country stand by the people risking their lives, because it’s their nature.”
He later handed over the prizes to 18 volunteers for their contribution to the service.
Helaluddin, senior secretary, Local Government Department, was present as the special guest at the function presided over by Md Akhtar Hossain, secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The event was jointly organized by the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, Department of Youth Development, Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNV Bangladesh, and Water Aid.