Registering local domestic workers mooted
By Thameenah Razeek
The Government is looking for feedback from stakeholders on the use of a new app to assess daily reported incidents involving children and to identify high-risk zones. Meanwhile, a programme is being developed to register local domestic workers to prevent child and female domestic workers from being abused.
These concerns were raised by State Minister of Women and Child Development, Piyal Nishantha de Silva. According to the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), this would allow the authorities to identify high-risk areas and develop specific programmes for them.
He said that while the life of the 16-year-old who died in MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence could not be restored, a proper programme will be developed to protect the future of children in the plantation sector. The State Minister pledged the assistance of the Ministry of Women and Child Development in executing the law, as well as personal financial commitment to the family. He said this when he met the mother of the 16-year-old girl and her relatives at the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat.
He also pledged to construct a house for the family in three months and provide the assistance to start a self-employed business. He was at the Nuwara Eliya District Secretariat for a progress review meeting to assess challenges that the young community confront in the District when he met the mother of the girl. De Silva said it is necessary for all Divisional and District Development Committee meetings to analyse and address issues that children in the area confront.
A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the problems that adolescents face in the plantation sector and how they should be addressed. Police personnel from the Child and Women Bureau and the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs from the Nuwara Eliya District attended the event.