Cabinet approves 5-year extension of special provision for rapid energy supply


The law was introduced to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity and energy

The cabinet approved a proposal to extend the Rapidly Improving Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) Act 2010 for five years until 2026.

The approval came from a weekly meeting Monday chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The prime minister joined the meeting from her official residence, Ganabhaban, while her cabinet colleagues logged in from the cabinet division of the Bangladesh secretariat.

In a briefing after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said: “The proposed law has been made to extend for five years the term of the existing law which will expire this year while its effectiveness is quite low. done satisfactorily. “

He said the cabinet had given final consent to the Rapidly Improving Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

The bill was introduced to ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity and energy to support the government’s decision to make Bangladesh an upper middle income country by 2030 and a developed country by 2041.

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He added that the duration of the special provision was enacted in 2010 and had been extended several times before.

The cabinet secretary said no changes, except for an extension of time, had been made to the proposed law.

The cabinet also gave final approval to the Public Debt Bill, 2021 to make the existing law timely.

Anwarul Islam also said that the 1944 Public Debt Act is a very old law and has been extended several times since the debt system underwent a drastic change, adding that the Finance Division designed the new law.

He said the proposed law provides the people with a guarantee that the government will pay off the debt it incurs with the people.

The cabinet secretary said a new provision has also been incorporated into the bill which allows a Sharia-based filing system to be run alongside the normal system.

He added that if someone provides false information to get the
certificates under the government’s security and savings certificate programs, he faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison and a Taka fine of one lakh or both.

The meeting also approved in principle the Bangladesh Police Social Protection Fund (Subordinate Employees) Bill 2021 to replace a military regime ordinance.


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