Parliament passed The Cantonment Bill, 2018 on Wednesday incorporating tougher punishment for delaying the construction of buildings and breaking traffic rules in cantonment areas.
Law minister Anisul Huq piloted the bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote.
The amount of various fines and fees for 43 different subjects, including exceeding the deadline of building construction, violation of traffic rules, begging with distorted organs, carrying arms and firecrackers in the areas under cantonment board have been substantially increased from the ones described in the 90-year-old law.
Meanwhile, a bill titled, Abhawa Ain, 2018, first such legal framework in the country to deal with the issues relating to the meteorological activities, was passed in Parliament on Wednesday.
The bill which was placed by law minister Anisul Huq in the House on April 8 was passed by voice vote.
Once enacted, the law will give the Bangladesh Meteorological Department a legal shape.
The law sorted the activities and services of the department, which mainly deals with the forecasting the natural disasters and everyday weather patterns.
The proposed law has also defined the term ‘meteorology’ and ‘meteorological phenomenon’, tsunami, earthquake and other natural disasters.
It has defined the eligibility of the persons to be considered as the meteorological scientists. According to the bill, all atmospheric events happening within the space and beyond will be considered as the meteorological phenomenon.
Under the proposed law, the BMD will have the authority to take training and research programmes for the capacity building of its manpower.
Meanwhile, the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was placed in parliament on Wednesday extending some provisions of the existing law by three years.
The bill seeks the amendment as the construction of power plants for ensuring quick supply of power and energy in the country is yet to complete. State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid Bipu placed the bill and it was sent to the respective parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny. The committee was asked to submit its report within three days. With the passage of the bill, some provisions of the Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) Act-2010 will remain effective till October 11, 2021.
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