The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held yesterday at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair
The Cabinet has given final approval to the draft of the ‘Sarkari Chakori Ain, 2018’ which prohibits law enforcement from arresting government employees without prior approval.
Once the law is passed, a government employee can only be arrested after necessary approval from the concerned authorities, before issuance of charge sheet in any criminal case.
The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held yesterday at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, reports BSS.
Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam told reporters that law enforcement would not, however, need an approval once charges are pressed.
In response to a question as to whether the Anti-corruption Commission would be able to arrest a government employee in a sting operation, he said: “They will have to wait till submitting a charge sheet.”
The draft law lays out rules for recruitment in the public service based on merit and open competition.
Cabinet Secretary Shafiul said the new law has been framed amalgamating six existing laws.
“All important aspects of the previous laws were brought together in the new law,” he said adding that the new law will replace the six existing laws.
The laws are - Public Service Retirement Act, Services Reorganization Act, Public Service Special Provision Ordinance, 1979, Punctual Attendance Act 1982, Dismissal and Conviction Act 1985, Surplus Government Employees Accommodation Act.
According to the new law, a government employee would get promotion based on merit, competence, seniority, training and satisfactory services.
As per the law, the age limit for entry in the public service would be determined by the rules. The highest age limit of an employee for government job would be 59 years and 60 years for freedom fighters.
Shafiul said the new law lets retired government employees travel abroad without seeking permission.
“Government employees will be able to go into retirement with a 30-day notice after they have served for 25 years,” he said.
Any public servant will be able to voluntarily resign at any time during their jobs under the new law.
The cabinet in yesterday’s meeting also approved in principal the draft of the “Brick Manufacturing and Brick Kiln Construction (control)( amendment) Act, 2018 and draft of the BIMSTEC Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters.
The Cabinet also adopted obituary references expressing profound shock at the death of eight eminent persons.
They are former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Chief Whip of the Opposition Party in the Parliament Tajul Islam Chowdhury, former Cabinet Secretary Ayubur Rahman, noted journalist Golam Sarwar, former Chief Information Commissioner Mohammed Farooq, Tax Advisor of the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Employment Bank Advocate M Moniruzzaman Khandakar and Independence Award laureate artiste Bazlur Rahman Badal.