The Cabinet on Monday approved a draft bill which will repeal the existing “Sugar Road Development Cess Ordinance,” aiming to relieve the sugarcane growers from paying taxes for development of roads in sugar mill catchment areas.
The decision was taken at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet took place at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) here with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting at the Bangladesh Secretariat, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the Cabinet approved the draft of the "Sugar (Road Development Cess) Bill, 2017" to repeal the “Sugar (Road Development Cess) Ordinance 1960.”
Roads in the sugar mill areas are constructed and maintained by different government departments, agencies and local government bodies, making the 1960 ordinance dysfunctional. So, the government has decided to repeal the law, the cabinet secretary said.
Under the “Sugar (Road Development Cess Ordinance, 1960,” taxes were realised from the sugarcane growers for the development of roads in the catchment areas of sugar mills, Shafiul Alam said.
The Cabinet also approved the draft of the 'Abhawa Ain, 2017', first such legal framework in the country to deal with the issues relating to the meteorological activities.
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"It's a long-waited law which will give the Department of Meteorology a legal shape. The law sorted the activities and services of the department, which mainly deal with the forecasting the natural disasters and everyday weather patterns," he said.
The cabinet secretary said the proposed law has also defined the term 'meteorology' and 'meteorological phenomenon', tsunami, earthquake and other natural disasters. It has defined the eligibility of the persons to be considered as the meteorological scientists.
According to the law, all atmospheric events happened within space and beyond will be considered as the meteorological phenomenon. Under the law, the Meteorological Department will have the authority to take training and research programmes for the capacity building of its manpower.