bKash will pay Ministry of Labor stipends to children to eliminate hazardous child labor

In an effort to eradicate hazardous child labor through non-formal education and skills development, the Ministry of Labor and Employment will provide allowances to at-risk children through bKash.

In this regard, an agreement was signed on Monday between the Ministry of Labor and Employment and the country’s main MFS provider, bKash, at a hotel in the city.

Under this project, a monthly stipend of Tk 1,000 will be paid to each of the 1 lakh children and Tk 13,000 will be paid to 10,000 child laborers as seed money through bKash. Beneficiaries can cash out the stipend money free of charge from their guardian’s bKash account. 112 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) worked as partners to implement this project.

Chaired by the Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi, Minister of State Begum Monnujan Sufian, MP was present at the signing ceremony as the chief guest.

Md Monowar Hossain, Project Director of the Hazardous Child Labor Eradication Project and Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash signed the agreement on behalf of their respective parties. Among others, Additional Secretary (Development) Dr. Selina Akhtar and senior officials were also present at the event.

Begum Monnujan Sufian, Minister of State for Labor and Employment, said, “Thanks to the digitization efforts of the government, technology has advanced so much that we now get the message of receiving money via bKash, sitting at the House. Workers are also included. into bKash’s 60 million customer base. Following today’s agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment, stipends will flow directly into each student’s tutor’s bKash account. The whole process guarantees transparency.

Md. Ehsan-E-Elahi, Secretary of the Ministry of Labor and Employment, said, “With nearly 60 million customers, bKash is at the forefront of bringing affordable financial services to customers’ doorsteps. a.s.a.p. Through today’s project, bKash will disburse 1000 BDT to each of the one lakh children and the beneficiaries will receive the money without the intervention of any middleman. Also in the future, we hope to have the help of digitally advanced organizations like bKash in many other projects.

Kamal Quadir, CEO of bKash, said, “Children can thrive when given the right opportunity. The initiative taken by the Ministry of Labor and Employment to eliminate hazardous child labor can help build the future of Bangladesh. bKash is committed to making this project a success by disbursing scholarships and stipends to beneficiaries as soon as possible. »

In addition to stipends and start-up funds, six months of non-formal education and four months of skills development training for one million children, awareness of the negative impact of child labor and the development of a database and tracking system will also be implemented as part of this project. .

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