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Cabinet okays Vested Property Act, 2013

Update : 22 Apr 2013, 04:26 PM

The cabinet has finally approved the Vested Property Return (amendment) Act, 2013 for its passage in parliament.

Earlier this month, the cabinet approved the act which was issued as an ordinance. The amendment was made to extend the time of the disposal of the applications by 300 days. The timeframe was previously set at 390 days.  

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over yesterday’s meeting that approved the decision.

Some of the ministers who attended the meeting told the Dhaka Tribune that Cultural Affairs Minister Abul Kalam Azad opposed the proposal to extend the time of the disposing of the applications.

He told the meeting: “We should not extend the time to dispose of the applications within the tenure of the government. The last Awami League government had enacted a law to return the vested properties to the original owners, but the next government did not implement that law.”

In response to his statement, the prime minister said, “We are doing our duty. We believe in democracy. The public will decide who will form the next government.”

 “Go to your constituency and to the people. Try to communicate with the people and it will not be a problem then.”

The cabinet also approved a proposal to confer the “Bangladesh Friendship Award” to the OIC Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu. He will come to Bangladesh on May 5 and receive the award the next day. 

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