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Cabinet nods draft CHT Land Acquisition Act 2019

  • Published at 11:26 am January 22nd, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the maiden meeting of the new cabinet at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Monday, January 21, 2019 Focus Bangla

The ordinance set compensation at 300% of the value of land acquired from hill and plain areas

The cabinet, in principle, has given its final approval for the draft of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (Land Acquisition) Regulation (Amendment) Act, 2019; removing disparities in compensation for land acquisition in hill and plain areas.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said this to reporters after the maiden meeting of the new cabinet on Monday.

He said: “An ordinance to this end was promulgated at the end of the previous [Awami League] government. . . It will now be turned into a law.” 

Alam said, previously, 15% of the value of land acquired in hill areas was provided in compensation; while 300% of the value of land acquired in plain areas was provided in compensation. 

The new ordinance has set a 300% compensation rate for acquiring land in both hill and plain areas, he said.

He said the cabinet also, in principle, endorsed the draft of the Brick Making and Kiln Setting Up (Control) (Amendment), Act, 2018.

He said the cabinet earlier approved the law and it was promulgated as an ordinance.

“The draft law was placed before the cabinet today as there is a legal obligation to submit it to the Jatiya Sangsad,” he said.

The cabinet secretary said the cabinet also gave its final approval to the draft of the Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad Act, 2018.

Jatiya Samajkalyan Parishad, he said, has been in force since 1956, through a resolution, and it was reconstituted in 1972.

“The parishad [council] has been running through a government decision as there was no law to this effect. So a new law has been proposed to run the parishad smoothly,” he said.

Under the proposed law, the cabinet secretary said, there will be an 84-member governing body of the council to be headed by the social welfare minister. The council will have to hold at least two meetings per year, Alam said.

The cabinet secretary said the cabinet approved the draft of the National Action Plan on Disability in light of the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Act 2013 and the Persons with Disabilities Rights and Protection Rules 2015.

He said the law has been proposed to ensure persons with disabilities have access to public transportation and establishments like: educational institutions, hospitals, buses, launch stations, railway stations, airports, land ports, river ports, cyclone shelters, venues for cultural functions, places of worships, and flyovers.

Replying to a question, Alam said the quota for disabled people still exists in government jobs. “The provision still exists there and it is yet to be curtailed,” he said, adding that no law can be superseded by an administrative order.

Alam said the cabinet approved the draft speech of President Abdul Hamid for the inaugural session of the 11th parliament, which will start on January 30.

The cabinet secretary said the full speech will have 75,000 words and will be tabled at the maiden session of the new parliament.

However, the President will read out the abridged version of his speech, 6,000-words-long, in parliament.

The speech will focus on the country’s overall scenario including: economic development and activities; the government’s measures taken to establish good governance; the activities taken to implement Vision 2021 and the Vision 2041; and the government’s measures and successes in improvement of the country’s socioeconomic status, he said.

Alam said the cabinet approved the draft of the Bangladesh Industrial and Technical Assistance Center Act, 2018.

He said at the outset of the meeting, the cabinet adopted an obituary reference at the death of former public administration minister, valiant freedom fighter, and ex-Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam.

“Syed Ashraf was a valiant freedom fighter, and ideal politician; and his death is an irreparable loss to the nation,” the cabinet secretary said, quoting the reference.

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