The cabinet on Monday gave the final approval to the draft of the ‘The Agricultural Marketing Bill, 2018’ keeping tough punishment for running business without licence.
The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the Bangladesh secretariat with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said licence will be required for running warehouses and cold storages as per the clause 6 of the proposed law. ‘None can do business without licence,’ he said.
According to the clause 19 of the bill, the punishment for 13 offences including doing business activities without licence, handing over of licence to others and charging extra money than fixed rents or market charges will be the maximum one-year imprisonment or Tk one lakh as fine or both.
‘And the punishment will be double in case of repetition of such offenses.’
Shafiul Alam said there will be four committees under the clause 14 of the bill. The committees are the National Agriculture Marketing Coordination Committee, District Agriculture Marketing Coordination Committee, Upazila Agriculture Marketing Coordination Committee and Market Based Management Committee.
He said no case can be accepted under the law without having written complaint by director general of the agricultural marketing or any other person authorised by him.
In the proposed law, there is also a provision of conducting mobile court against such offenses, the cabinet secretary said.
In the proposed law, the functions of the Department of Agricultural Marketing were defined, he said.
Shafiul Alam said the cabinet earlier approved in principle the draft of the bill.
Besides, the cabinet also approved a proposal for ratification of the air services agreement between Bangladesh and the UAE, he said.
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