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BRTA act for control on transport sector approved

Update : 21 Sep 2015, 07:39 PM

The cabinet has approved the Bangladesh Road Transport Authority Act-2015 keeping the provision of forming a company under the act which will ensure control over transport sector.

The approval came from a regular cabinet meeting held at the secretariat yesterday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The cabinet also approved the draft of the Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship Trust Act- 2015 and Paira Bandar Project (land acquisition) Act-2015.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan said the BRTA act is to strengthen the legal framework of the Road Transport Authority to run the organisation more effectively.

The law is aimed at bringing the motor vehicles and road transport system in a planned manner making it technology based, environment friendly and efficient, he said

“The law, to replace Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983, is a comprehensive one with 28 sections and 72 sub-sections. The authority would have an advisory committee headed by the minister in charge of the ministry of road transport and bridges and a management committee headed by a chairman,” he added.

The advisory committee will consist of representatives of the transport sector, mayors, secretaries of the ministries concerned, IG of police, chief engineer of the Roads and Highways Department, executive chairman of the Dhaka Transport Coordination Board and representatives of the transport owners and workers, he said.

The cabinet also decided to formulate an umbrella act to regulate the formation of trust for public sector.

The cabinet secretary said the existing trusts act only deals with the functioning of trusts in the private sector. There is no umbrella law for the management of government trusts. At present each trust has separate laws.

The Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship Trust Act-2015 is aimed to make sustainable the fellowship programmes of the government for education and research in the areas of science and information technology.

He said the trust will have a 13-member board headed by the minister or state minister in charge of the Science and ICT Ministry.

The Paira Bandar Project (land acquisition) Act, 2015 has been approved with a special provision for quick payment of compensation to the affected persons of the project.

The law is aimed at facilitating land acquisition of the Paira Bandar Project, a priority project of the government.

The cabinet sent back the draft of the National Qualitative Standard (goods and services) Policy-2015 for further revision through consultation of the ministries and departments concerned, said the cabinet secretary. 

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