The Cabinet declared the highest punishment for museum-related crimes is 10 years jail
The Cabinet on Monday approved the drafts of three bills, including the Bangladesh National Museum Bill, 2021, and Bangladesh Zoo Bill, 2021 to make the country’s museums dynamic and vibrant.
The approval was given at a virtual Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who joined it from Ganabhaban. Others concerned attended the meeting from the Cabinet Room of the Bangladesh Secretariat.
The meeting gave final approval to the draft of the Bangladesh National Museum Bill, 2021 to replace an ordinance from the 1980s, said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam at a press briefing.
He said the highest punishment for museum-related crimes in the proposed law, which would be effective for other museums alongside the national museum, is 10 years jail, a Tk10 lakh fine, or both.
The Cabinet approved in principle the draft of the Bangladesh Zoo Bill, 2021 to modernize the animal collection, rearing, and conservation processes as well as the management of zoos.
If any visitor does not pay to enter the zoo, the punishment would be highest two months jail, maximum Tk1,000 fine, or both, said Khandker Anwarul Islam.
The Cabinet also directed the authorities concerned to incorporate a fresh provision in the proposed law with punishment for harming zoo animals.
The meeting also approved in principle the draft of the Government Primary School Teacher Welfare Trust Bill, 2021 to replace an ordinance from 1985.
If any teacher is registered under the law and pays its fees, his or her family will get benefits from the trust fund, said the cabinet secretary.
In the case of the death of any teacher (member of the trust), his or her minor children would get their educational expenses from the welfare trust until they become adults, according to a new provision included in the proposed law, he said.
Besides, the Cabinet cleared a proposal for observing every October 6 as National Birth and Death Registration Day in order to promote death registration as well.
In the past, October 6 was observed as only the Birth Registration Day.
“This proposal has been brought as we need death registration in many cases like birth registration,” said the cabinet secretary.
According to Clause-8 of the Birth and Death Registration Act, 2004, it is mandatory to register birth or death within the subsequent 45 days.
“They (the authorities concerned) want to observe the day to make it (birth and death registration) more effective, promote common people and workers (engaged in registration services) and make them more conscious about it,” he said.
He said there is also a Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to enhance both birth and death registration rates to 80% by 2030. Bangladesh is unlikely to meet the target before 2030, said Anwarul Islam.
Replying to a question over the rationale behind the decision to allow 50% public transport on the streets from August 11, the cabinet secretary said the decision was taken to prevent a large number of transport vehicles from entering Dhaka and Chittagong cities and clogging traffic.
He said the decision came as per a suggestion from a law enforcement agency. The local administration, including DC and SP at district level, will sit with transport owners and worker leaders to take the decision for allowing 50 percent vehicles alternately, he said.
The permission for opening recreation centres or mass gatherings has not been given yet, said the cabinet secretary.