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Quader: RTA enforcement to be made tolerable

We will scrutinize the transport owners and workers' demand but it is not possible to do anything right now, he says

Update : 25 Nov 2019, 05:20 PM

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader has said the Road Transport Act 2018 will be enforced keeping it at a tolerable level.

He made the remark while speaking at a press briefing over recent issues at the Secretariat on Monday.

Quader said: “We will enforce the law by keeping it at a tolerable level as the decision was taken after taking opinions from all, and no one was forced to abide by the decision.

“When any strike goes on, a stalemate is created and the media keeps reporting on public sufferings."

 "We will have to move on considering the situation,” the minister added, reports UNB.

The Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan has been entrusted with the responsibility of solving the problem regarding the Road Transport Act.

"We will scrutinize the transport owners and workers' demand but it is not possible to do anything right now," he continued.

Quader further said: “We will discuss the matter with the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.” 

Replying to a question whether the government got hostage to the transport leaders, he said that no one can make anyone hostage.

Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) have taken initiatives to produced skilled drives, he said adding: "We are working to develop their skills.”

Asked about the NRC issue, the minister said the Indian prime minister and foreign ministry told them not to be worried about it, and the government would monitor the situation.

Turning to BNP’s rally, the Awami League general secretary said it is ridiculous that BNP wants to hold a rally without taking permission from government authorities.

“It is my question whether BNP has the courage and strength to hold a rally or any gathering without police's permission. Do they have the capacity to launch any movement? Not even 500 people were seen in any of their previous movement,” Quader said.

During the BNP regime, he said, Awami League had to take permission from the police for holding any meeting and now why will not they (BNP) take permission, he questioned.

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