Seeking to strengthen measures for preserving the country’s biodiversity, the Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Biodiversity Bill, 2015′ with a provision of maximum five years jail and Tk 10 lakh fine or both for violation of the law.The approval was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the proposed law highlighted biodiversity in Bangladesh perspective. It is being framed since the country is a signatory to the Conventional Biological Diversity of the UN.
To oversee enforcement of the law, he said, committees will be formed at national, district, upazila and union levels.
According to section 18 (a) of the Constitution, it is the government’s duty to preserve the biodiversity, and the proposed law has been approved also to fulfill the international requirements, said the Cabinet Secretary.
“If all the stakeholders concerned discharge their duties properly, then the law would play a significant role in preserving the country’s biodiversity,” he added.
The Cabinet meeting also gave nod to the ‘National Qualitative Standard (goods and services) Policy, 2015′ to make effective the steps taken for upgrading Bangladesh Standards And Testing Institution (BSTI) and Bangladesh Accreditation Board to international standard as well as make those more acceptable to international organisations.
The Cabinet Secretary said there is detailed guideline in the policy for setting the standards of goods and services to be exported and sent abroad since the policy has been framed as per the guidelines of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
For going abroad to work in the services sector, professional groups like accountants, doctors, engineers would have to go through the accreditation process.
The draft policy has also been approved to fulfill the requirement of quality of various products, including digital products like hardware and software as well as services being exported to foreign countries.
The Cabinet also approved the draft of ‘Bangabandhu Science and Technology Fellowship Trust Bill, 2015′ to give the Trust a permanent shape.
Shafiul Alam said the Bangabandhu fellowship is being provided under a project to those involved in science and technology research or higher education both at home and abroad in these areas since 2010.
The Cabinet meeting also approved in principal the draft of ‘Bangabandhu National Agriculture Award Fund Bill, 2015′.
Ministers and State Ministers attended the meeting. Secretaries concerned were also present.