Civil society activists have sought the cooperation of the government officials for proper implementation of the National Plan of Action (NPA) 2018-22 on preventing human trafficking.
The call came at an opinion exchange meeting between civil society activists and government officials held at the YWCA auditorium in Mohammadpur, in the capital, on Sunday.
The meeting titled "Follow-up Meeting with Government Officials on Implementation of NPA on Human Trafficking" was held with the participation of both government and non-government officials.
The NPA has five objectives: preventing human trafficking, providing protection for the victims and their families, ensuring justice for the victims by properly enforcing the relevant law, ensuring the participation of all concerned, and evaluating the implementation of the NPA.
Headed by the home ministry, an inter-ministerial committee comprising high officials of the foreign, law, women and children affairs, expatriate welfare, religious affairs, education, primary and mass education, local government, rural development, information, and social welfare ministries was formed as per the NPA for combating the crime.
Community Participation and Development (CPD), a consortium member of Prevention of Child Trafficking through Strengthening Community and Networking (PCTSCN), organised the event on behalf of PCTSCN.
Dr Abul Hossain, deputy secretary of Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, attended the meeting as the chief guest, while AKM Masud Ali, executive director of INCIDIN Bangladesh, was in the chair.
Advocate Md Rafiqual Islam Khan Alom, coordinator, PCTSCN secretariat, presented the keynote paper at the meeting.
Md Alamgir Hossain, senior assistant judge and legal aid officer, Dhaka district; Rabiul Islam, deputy director of National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh; Mahmudul Kabir, country director of TdH-Netherlands, Bangladesh; Benjir Ahmed, district education officer, Dhaka; among others, spoke at the event.