Cabinet Okays draft law to regulate child daycare centres

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GBNEWS24 DESK//

The cabinet today approved in principle a draft law on child daycare centres to bring them under a legal framework, particularly ensuring the security of working mothers children enrolled in such facilities.

“The cabinet meeting today with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair in principle approved the draft of ‘Shishu Dibajatna Kendra Ain 2020 (or children daycare centre act, 2020) Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said,

In a news briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat following the meeting, Anwarul said the law aimed at providing standard daycare services to the children of working women in safe places.

He said the draft act suggested stern punitive actions for failure to provide appropriate security to the minor children in daycare centres.

“If the daycare centres fail to provide desired security to the children (at their disposal), they could be fined as high as taka 10 lakh,” said the government’s top bureaucrat.

Anwarul said in its regular weekly meeting, also gave nod to another two draft acts, one for setting up two new science and technology universities at Lakshmipur and Bogura.

The laws would be called “Lakshmipur Science and Technology University Act, 2020” and “Bogura Science and Technology Act, 2020″.

Anwarul said the government earlier decided to regulate the daycare centres under a law as a larger number of mothers having minor children were now working in public, statuary and private organizations or engaged in businesses.

According to the draft law the daycare centres could be established by the government itself or by entities with commercial purpose with their own findings.

Anwarul said such facilities could as well be established with business houses Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds to be availed by government offices, statuary and autonomous bodies or non-government entities and individuals.

He said the proposed law did not compel anyone or any organization to set up the daycare centres but suggested several punitive measures for failure to maintain the guidelines in building and running the facilities.

Anwarul said the law made mandatory the registration of daycare centres and in default the facilities would have to pay a fine of Taka 50,000 and subsequently they would be fined Taka 5,000 for every day until they could furnish registration certificates.

He said if any daycare center hides any information relating to spread contagious diseases in the centre, the authorities concerned will be sentenced for six months and fined an amount as high as Taka 1, 00,000.

Replying to a query, he said, after the passage of the law, a rule would be formulated to detail the daycare centres service standards including issues related to nutrition, health, security and safety, treatment, entertainment, education and environment management.

But, he said, the law proposed setting up of breast feeding corner in every daycare centers and necessary initiatives to take care of the special child such as autistic and especially able children.

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