The parliament has passed the “The Defence Forces Chiefs' (Appointment, Remuneration, Allowances and Other Benefits) Bill, 2018” aimed at fixing the maximum four-year tenure of the chiefs of the country's three defence services.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, who is also in-charge of the Defence Ministry in parliament, moved the bill in the House and it was passed by voice vote on Monday, reports UNB.
Though there is a provision in the Article 62 of the constitution that the parliament shall enact a law over fixation of the appointment of chiefs of staff of the defence services and their salaries and allowances, the law is yet to be enacted despite many years have elapsed.
Traditionally, the chiefs of staff of the army, navy and air force are appointed for three years.
The appointment is made by the order of the president while their salaries and allowances are provided as per the Joint Services Instruction (JSI) circular approved by the government.
With the passage of this bill, the President Order of 2016, related to appointment and tenure of the three chiefs, and the part of the JSI, related to their salaries and allowances, will stand lapsed.
As per the new law, the chiefs of three services will be appointed for maximum four-year tenure from the date of their appointment and their salary will be fixed at Tk86,000, which is equivalent to the monthly salary of the cabinet secretary.
They will get a number of facilities including residence, car, free medical treatment at military hospitals, assistants, and allowances for travelling, festivals, new year and recreation.
The new law will also allow the defence services chiefs to stay in office for the entire term even after the official retirement age of 59.
The law minister had placed the bill in the parliament on January 9. It was then sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence Ministry for further scrutiny.