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BPC amendment bill placed in parliament

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  • 18 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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BPC amendment bill placed in parliament

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The government placed the Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 before the parliament aiming at strengthening the corporation.

The objective of the amendment is to expand the corporation’s scope to develop the tourism industry.

State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Md Mahbub Ali placed the bill seeking its immediate passage with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. 

The House later sent the bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for further scrutiny and asked the committee to return it within 30 days.

While placing the bill Mahbub Ali said that if the law was amended, it would reduce unemployment, create new jobs, increase income and expand the scope of tourism.

The draft law proposes increasing the authorised capital from Tk 150 million to Tk 10 billion and the paid-up capital from Tk 500,000 to Tk 4 billion.

The definition of a tourist has been changed in the draft law. According to the existing law, a person spending more than 24 hours but less than six months away from home for travel or leisure purposes is considered a tourist.

The time has been extended to one year in the draft law. If the person is away for work, he or she will not be termed as a tourist.

Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam objected to the bill in parliament saying that the existing law has a minimum time limit, which is absent in the draft law. He also raised objections on a few other issues.

The bill states that the tourism corporation will be able to operate and manage duty-free shops.

The existing law stipulates that the board of a corporation may have a maximum of four members. The number has been increased to eleven in the draft law. The chairman of the board will now be the secretary of the ministry.