Drug law to be amended

Hints law minister

Special Correspondent

10th February, 2019 11:33:49 printer

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Sunday told parliament that the government would bring an amendment to the law to go by a directive of the Supreme Court in disposing of the drug-related cases within six months. 

“The High Court Division has delivered a verdict to dispose of drug-related cases within six months. In doing so, an amendment to the law should have to be brought.

We will bring the amendment to the law and place it before the House during the current session,” Huq told the House while responding to a supplementary question from opposition lawmaker Kazi Feroz Rashid.

The day’s business began at about 4:40pm with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. 

Terming drug abuse a disease, the law minister said it must be addressed.

“Our Prime Minister has taken a zero tolerance policy against it. Taking the premier’s stance into cognizance, we are trying to dispose of the drug-related cases,” he said.

Over the women and children abuse cases, the minister said the progress of the cases often get slow due to absence of depositions.

“Measures are being taken so that such cases can be progressed without depositions,” he said. 

Responding to another question, the minister said the court in its verdict held Jamaat-e-Islami responsible as an organisation for committing war crimes during the Liberation War.

“To try the Jamaat as an organisation, an amendment draft to the International Crimes Tribunal has already been sent to the cabinet division. The issue will be settled through legal way,” he said.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government cannot ban the Jamaat as a case has been pending with the court.

Meanwhile, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru told parliament that the government distributed identity cards among 14.20 lakh out of 16.20 lakh fishermen across the country.

“Registration and database of 16.20 lakh fishermen have been prepared through the ‘registration of fisherman and distribution identity card’ project under the Department of Fisheries (DoF),” he said while responding to a question from treasury bench lawmaker Nurun Nabi Chowdhury.

The government so far has allocated and distributed a total of 39,787.84 metric ton rice—monthly 40 kg rice –for four months among the ID card holder fishermen at 85 upazilas under 17 jatka-enriched districts in 2017-18 fiscal year.

Besides, some Tk 2,89,70,000 money has been distributed among 587 fishermen families who were killed in cyclone, storm, tidal wave and other reason from 2012-13 to 2016-17, he said.