JS passes BSTI Bill with harsher punishment | 2018-10-29

JS passes BSTI Bill with harsher punishment

Staff Correspondent

29 October, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Parliament on Sunday passed four bills, including the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution Bill 2018, incorporating provisions of harsher punishment for violations in producing, marketing and sale of any products under the jurisdiction of the law.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the bill before the House seeking its immediate passage.

The House with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair passed the four bills by voice votes, rejecting most of the amendment motions put forward by the opposition lawmakers. 

The minister said the proposed law has been formulated making the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985 more time-befitting one.

He said the proposed bill will help make the local products accepted globally and the law will help take initiative for maintaining the quality of the imported products.

According to the draft law, the use of the 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 Tk 1 lakh to Tk 25,000 or both.

There is a provision of four years’ imprisonment or maximum Tk 2 lakh and minimum Tk 50,000 fine or both for exporting products violating government circular on export, distribution and marketing, and for commercial advertisement of banned products.

Besides, a provision of one year’s imprisonment or maximum Tk 50,000 and minimum Tk 10,000 as fine for exporting any product violating export conditions is also there.    

The proposed law has a provision of one year’s imprisonment or Tk 25,000 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 House also passed the Fisheries Quarantine Bill, 2018 to prevent the intrusion of any harmful bacteria into the country.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda placed the bill.

Currently, there is no law to check the intrusion of any disease or harmful bacteria through fish import. 

As per the proposed law, the fisheries department will act as the Fish Quarantine Authority to monitor the import of any fish or aquaculture species by water, road, air and other routes.

If any individual or company imports fish or fish products without permission, they will face minimum one-year and maximum seven-year jail or fine of maximum Tk 5 lakh or both.

The offence under the law would be considered as non-cognisable and bailable.

Metropolitan magistrate, judicial magistrate and executive magistrates will have the authority to deal with the offence. However, no court will accept any case without written complaint of the quarantine officer.

Police, RAB, Coast Guard, BGB, port authority and civil aviation authority, Bangladesh Railway, shipping agencies and other organisations concerned will have the authority to prevent any activity detrimental to the law and help the fisheries officials to execute the law.

The House also passed the Bangladesh Technical Education Board Bill, 2018.

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid moved the bill before the House.

Placing the bill, the education minister said the proposed bill will enhance SSC (Vocational) Dakhil (Vocational), BM and Diploma level all education, research under the Technical Education Board.

He said the proposed bill would also create new entrepreneur and employment generation through students having certificates from the board, which would help transform the country into a developed state by 2041 through economic progress.

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute Bill 2018 was also passed by the House.