The Jatiya Sangsad on Tuesday unanimously passed the "Electricity Bill, 2018" keeping the provision of maximum five years in jail along with Taka 5 lakh financial penalty for illegal use of electricity.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid moved the bill in the House, which was passed by voice votes with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Piloting the bill, he said the new bill was proposed for ensuring power generation and quality service, developing the power transmission and distribution system, bringing reform and preventing power pilferage at residential, industrial or commercial areas.
Annulling the existing Electricity Act, 1910, the state minister said it has a provision of three-year imprisonment or Taka two times more than the value of the stolen electricity or Taka 50 thousand will be realized as fine amount is included if anybody is found involved in electricity pilferage in residential areas.
"Besides, maximum five-year jail or maximum Taka five lakh as fine or both of the punishment and penalty will be imposed on the person to be found in using any machine, device or artificial system in connecting any illegal means," the proposed bill added.