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 approval came at the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
“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,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam while briefing reporters after the meeting.
According to the proposed law, there would be four types of child daycare centres in the country, he said.
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.
The cabinet secretary said registration will be required to set up child daycare centres and there would be a separate authority for the registration.
He said 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 the daycare centres would be Tk 10 lakh fine, he said.
He said if anyone runs any child daycare centre without registration, they would be fined with Tk 50,000, according to the proposed law.
Besides, the Cabinet approved in principle the draft bills for establishing two science and technology universities in Lakshmipur and Bogura districts.
The titles of the bills are ‘Lakshmipur Science and Technology University Bill, 2020’ and ‘Bogura Science and Technology University Bill, 2020’.