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BSTI law to be overhauled; draft okayed

  • Published at 08:00 pm May 28th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:22 am May 29th, 2018
The weekly Cabinet meeting underway at the Prime Minister's Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair on Monday, May 28, 2018 Focus Bangla

The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of “The Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Act, 2018” incorporating provisions of harsher punishment in the existing law.

The approval was given at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

While briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the proposed law has been formulated making the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985 more time-befitting one.

According to the draft law, he said, the use of trademark without having a licence will be considered as an offence.

For committing such offences, the offender will have to suffer maximum two years in jail or pay a fine of Tk1 lakh to Tk25,000 or both.

The cabinet secretary said there is a provision of four years’ imprisonment or maximum Tk2 lakh and minimum Tk50,000 penalty or both for exporting products violating government circular on export, distribution and marketing, and for commercial advertisement of banned products.

Besides, a provision is there of one year’s imprisonment or maximum Tk50,000 and minimum Tk10,000 as fine for exporting any product violating export conditions, he said.

Shafiul said the proposed law has a provision of one year’s imprisonment or Tk25,000 fine or both for violating any of the rules and regulations formulated under the proposed law as well as for the offences not covered by the mentioned sections.

The cabinet also gave the final approval to the draft of the National Jute Policy 2018, making the existing jute policy of 2011 more modern.

Shafiul Alam said the aim of the jute policy is to make jute multifaceted at home and abroad as well as strengthen the jute sector.

Under the new jute policy, he said, five strategic priorities -- producing quality and standard jute, ensuring fare prices, making jute multifaceted, modernizing jute mills and expanding use of jute goods -- have been identified.