The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Motorcycle Industry Development Policy 2018 with an objective to promote manufacturing of motorbikes locally and reduce dependency on its imports.
It also endorsed the draft of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Bill 2018, updating an ordinance of 1976 as such ordinances promulgated during martial law regimes were declared illegal by the Supreme Court, said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam at a press briefing at the secretariat.
The industries ministry placed the draft Motorcycle Industry Development Policy while the women and children affairs ministry placed the Shishu Academy bill in the weekly cabinet meeting, chaired by prime minister Sheikh Hasina at her Tejgaon office.
The cabinet secretary said the policy would help develop motorcycle industry and promote marketing of locally manufactured bikes.
‘We would be able to export motorbikes after meeting its growing demand in the country,’ he said.
The policy has a target to increase the production of local motorcycles to five lakh by 2021 and 10 lakh by 2027.
‘It targets to enhance the contribution of motorcycle industries to GDP to 2.5 percent from 0.5 percent at present.’
The policy would also contribute to increasing the direct and indirect job opportunities to 10 lakh people by 2027 from five lakh at present, he said, adding that at present at least 16 lakh motorbikes were on roads.
About the Shishu Academy Bill, he said the new law would provide for the formation of a 19-member governing board and upgrade the post of the director of the academy to Director General.
Once enacted, the new law would allow the government to appoint a distinguished person with the background of writing literature for children or Swadhina Padak or Ekushey Padak winning academician to the post of the chairman of the academy.
The cabinet, however, constituted a four-member cabinet committee, headed by LGRD and cooperatives minister Khandker Mosharaf Hossain, for further scrutiny of the draft ‘Bangladesh Engineering Research Council Bill 2018’.
Other members of the committee are information minister, science and technology minister and housing and public works minister with all of them having an engineering background.
At the outset, the cabinet adopted an obituary resolution over the death of freedom fighter and writer Rama Chowdhury, who epitomised herself as a symbol of sacrifice and struggle during the War of Liberation and thereafter, he mentioned.
She died on September 3 in Chattogram.
A post graduate in Bengali literature from Dhaka University, Rama Chowdhury refused to leave the country with her husband during the War of Liberation.
On May 13, 1971, Pakistani army men burnt down their house and raped and tortured her.
She had to live in the open sky with three kids and often went hungry. Her two little boys, who fell sick due to living in bushes or in the open, died soon after the war.
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