Cabinet on Monday approved a proposed pesticide law suggesting tougher punitive actions against storing and marketing of adulterated bug killers meant for crop protection.
The approval of the draft of ‘Balai Nashak (Pesticides) Bill, 2017’ was given at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the draft law has been formulated reorganising the Pesticides Ordinance 1971.
Shafiul Alam said the words like worms, bacteria and fungus have been newly incorporated in the draft law.
The cabinet secretary said if any person hoarding registered pesticides to sell or make any commercial publication for the purpose of selling using label or tag or any symbol do not match with the products inside will be considered as a punishable offence.
In such cases, the person concerned will be fined up to Tk 1,00,000, in default, to suffer maximum one year’s imprisonment.
For repetition of such offence, the person concerned will be fined up to Tk 2,00,000, in default, to suffer maximum two years’ jail.
Any person giving false assurance about the quality of the pesticides will also be considered as an offender, the cabinet secretary said adding that Tk 50,000 will be fined for such offences.
Besides, any person using illegal registration for pesticides selling will be fined minimum Tk 75,000 or maximum Tk 1,00,000, in default, to suffer minimum one year or maximum two years’ jail.
At the outset of the meeting, state minister for ICT division Zunaid Ahmed Palak handed over ‘ASOCIO 2017 ICT Education Award 2017’ and ‘2017 eASIA Award (Silver Award)’ to prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
Earlier on September 12 at Taipei, Asian-Oceanian Computing Organisation honoured Bangladesh Computer Council with the ‘ASOCIO 2017 ICT Education Award 2017’, while ‘2017 eASIA Award (Silver Award)’ was given to National ICT Infra Network for Bangladesh Government (Info Sarker) project by Asian Pacific Council for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business.
The cabinet meeting was also apprised of the 3rd quarter report (July-Sept), 2017 on the implementation of its decisions.
During July 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, the cabinet secretary said a total of 9 cabinet meetings were held where some 80 decisions were taken while some 59 decisions were implemented with a success rate of 73.75 per cent.
At the beginning of the meeting, the cabinet adopted a condolence motion at the death of Shila Islam, wife of public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam.
Shila, who had long been suffering from cancer, died on October 23 at University College London Hospitals.
The cabinet also decided to announce February 5 as ‘National Library Day’ and thus include it in ‘Kha’ serial of the cabinet division gazette notification for observing various days.
Ministers, state ministers and secretaries concerned attended the meeting.
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