Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated Child Help Line, Mongla-Ghasiakhali Channel via video conference from Gonobhaban
The Child Help Line (1098) to be managed under the supervision of Social Welfare Department of the Ministry of Social Welfare was instituted with the financial and technical assistance from the UNICEF.
The events of child rights violation even though are not obscure in Bangladesh, it should be noted the vulnerable group remains exposed to abuse and exploitation. Most incidents of child rights violation continue to unreported due to improper and ineffective communication facilities.
This results in severe physical and psychological damage to children who are in need of care and protection.
The helpline (1098) will offer protection against child abuses at homes, schools, workplaces, institutions and in public areas.
The helpline staffs will receive phone calls from the children in need round the clock. The helpline will answer to a call by counselling the child or guiding the child into making a decision by him/herself. The emergency calls will addressed by the helpline members through immediate spot visit and rescue support.
Children with specific needs are going to be referred to appropriate services offered by the experts, Government ministries and departments, non-government organizations/NGOs and other service providers, such as law enforcing agencies and judiciary, etc.
She will also initiate 11 newly obtained dredgers and open Mongla-Ghasiakhali Channel which was excavated by Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA).
Approximately 62.12 lakh cubic meter soil was extracted from the Mongla-Ghasiakhali Channel to make the 31-kilometre river route operational.
The channel will serve to transport imported goods in large crafts from the sea to Mongla Port.
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first opened the Mongla-Ghasiakhali river route by excavating the channel in 1972-1974. However, in the eighties, the entrance of the channel was blocked. Since 2001 the channel began to face severe navigational issues and in 2010 the channel completely dried up suspending operations of ships.