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Bank-Company (Amendment) Bill 2021 draft gets the nod

The proposed lawwill oversee banking business operation, control default loans, and ensure good governance and stability in the financial sector

Update : 17 May 2021, 06:21 PM

The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft of Bank-Company (Amendment) Bill 2021 to control default loans and ensure good governance and stability in the financial sector.

The approval came from a virtual meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Hasina virtually joined the meeting from her official residence Ganobhaban, while other cabinet members took part from the Bangladesh Secretariat.

The proposed law is required for overseeing banking business operation, controlling default loans, and ensuring good governance and stability in the financial sector, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters after the meeting.

Since the number of banks, their assets, loans, deposits, leases, investment and many other things have increased, the Bank Company Act 1991 does not cover all, he noted.

The draft law was framed revising the related banking laws of different countries, the cabinet secretary also said.

The definition of the deliberate loan defaulters and actions against them are not much clear in the existing law as the Bank Company Act 1991 was framed following the then context. But the issues have precisely been mentioned in article 27 (Kha and Ga) of the proposed law, he said.

Besides, some new provisions were incorporated in the draft law focusing on various issues like good management and recovery of the weak bank companies, actions against the responsible behind the critical conditions of the vulnerable banks, and reform and merging of banks.

If any director of a bank or any other man gets engaged in irregularities, the person will have to count a huge amount as fine alongside facing criminal charges, the cabinet secretary added.

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