The Child Day Care Centre Bill, 2021 was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad with strict legal provision to ensure safety and security of the children kept in day care centers.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira placed the bill in the house with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.According to the proposed law, there would be four types of child daycare centres in the country.
The four types are: child daycare centres run with subsidy provided by the government; daycare centres run by the government, government agencies, directorates, departments, statutory agencies or autonomous agencies to provide services free of cost; daycare centres run by individuals or organisations for commercial purposes; and non-profit daycare centres run by individuals, organisations, non-government organisations, clubs, associations, corporate sector or industrial sector.
Registration will be required to set up child daycare centres and there would be a separate authority for the registration. The Women and Children Affairs Ministry will monitor the daycare centres.
As per the bill, the maximum punishment for failure to maintain proper safety and security of children in daycare centres would be Tk 10 lakh fine.
If anyone runs a child daycare centre without registration, they would be fined Tk 50,000, according to the draft of the bill and proposed law.
Earlier, the Cabinet today approved in principle the draft of the Child Daycare Centre Bill 2020 to support children of working women as the number of nuclear families is increasing day by day.The Women and Children Affairs Ministry placed the draft bill for the cabinet’s endorsement as the number of working women is increasing in the country.
The State minister urged the House to send the bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for providing reports within two months.