Bangladesh Government Activities- October, 2013

Policy for early childhood care and development

“World Children’s Day” 2013 was celebrated on 7th October Tuesday at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital where Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina attended the function as the chief guest. Prime Minister expressed in the function that physical punishment and unnecessary rebuke put psychological pressure on this will hamper their proper growth. Honorable Prime Minister also told the guardians and teachers not to put excessive pressure on the children to ensure their proper growth. First eight years of children are very important for life so, need proper monitoring for healthy life and for this Bangladesh government already has initiated formulating the Early Childhood Care and Development Policy. To ensure the proper growth of child during this time all have to work togetherincluding non-government organizations. The organizations should come forward along with the government in transforming the autistic children as human resources and build a prosperous and developed Bangladesh. The urge of Sheikh Hasina was to dedicate the present time for the future generations much as possible.

Reference: The Daily Star

 

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Vitamin A+campaign

On October 5,the national Vitamin A-Plus Campaign has been observed all over the country. Before the campaign Health Minister AFM Ruhal Haque had stated that the capaign was arranged with the aims to prevent childhood blindness and reduce child mortality and strengthen immunity.Children aged between six and 11 months has given Vitamin A capsule, while children aged beteen one to five years received the red-colored capsule. More than 2.10 crore children fed the vitamin A capsule at the some 120,000 permanent centres across the country. Children’s night-blindness has been come down in Bangladesh by distributing Vitamin A-plus twice a year. About 3.70 persent children were affected by night-blindness in 1982, which has come down to 0.04 percent due to the national campaign. About 20000 mobile centres positioned at bus stands, railway station, launch terminals,airports, ferry terminals, bridge toll centred and kheya ghats were added this year. The timing of the centers is from 8am to 4pm.

Reference: Dhaka Tribune

 

Ministry of Agriculture

Bangabandhu Jatiya Krishi Puraskar-1418

At Osmani Memorial Hall on 21 October Bangabandhu Jatiya Krisi Puraskar was organized by Ministry of Agriculture. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spokeon importance of constant and intense agricultural research to meet the demand for food of the country growing population and to make the country hunger and poverty free. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina handover the certificates to the recipients, 28 individuals and organizations were conferred the award this year for their contribution to field of agriculture. MatiaChowdhury,Agriculture Minister and Abdul LatifBiwas, Fisheries and Animal Resources Minister, Hasan Mahmud Environment Minister and Dr. SM Nazmul Islam spoke at this function. The East Beercote IPM Women Club of Senbag, Noakhali; Gadkhali Nurturer and Flower Traders Welfare Association of Jhikargachha, Jessore; M LutforRahman of Sadullahpur of Gaibandha; and Mamunur Rashid, deputy director of Agriculture Extension Department (AED) were among the gold medalists. The other prizes were silver and bronze medals received by other different organizations and individuals for their remarkable activities in the country agricultural development.

Reference: The Daily Star

 

Food Ministry

Safe Food Bill, 2013’ passed

“The Safe Food Bill, 2013” has been passed on 7 October at National Parliament.The bill has a provision for setting up a unified authority to fight food adulteration and attend to other food-related concerns of consumer. The law also allows forming as many food courts as necessary to prosecute adulterators. Regarding the law, which replaced Pure Food Ordinance, 1959, twenty-five percent realized through penalties against food. The law with a provision of maximum five years imprisonment or Tk. 10 lakh fine for food adulteration. The bill was placed through Food Minister Abdur Razzaque at parliament on 30 September and passed by voice vote. According to the law, the food authority would detail the activities harmful to health and arrangement of food testing and if any person commits the same kind of offence for the second time, penalty would be double.

Reference: The New Age

 

Ministry of Information

Needed to ensure food for all

To ensure food for all need a legal framework said Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said on 7 October 2013 at Jatiya Press Club. Hasanul Haq Inu was expressing the necessity of a legal framework in ensuring the right to food in a meeting organized by Campaign for Right to Food and Social Security. As the Chair of the All- Party Parliamentary Group on FOOD, Agriculture and Rural Development, the Information Minister also told everyone about the need to raise their voice not only for food but also for nutritious meals. He again said that it is the duty of the countrymen to ensure food for all as a part of ensuring basic human rights. 

Reference: The Daily Star