The Electricity Bill, 2017, was placed in parliament tonight keeping the provision of three to five years imprisonment with maximum financial penalty of Tk 5 lakh for illegal use of electricity.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the bill in the House, with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The House later sent the proposed bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee to ensure scrutiny and to report back to the parliament within the next 30 working days.
The proposed law will annul the existing Electricity Act, 1910. The bill was aimed at ensuring power generation and quality service, developing the power transmission and distribution system, bringing reform and preventing power pilferage at residential, industrial and commercial purpose.
According to the proposed legislature, a provision of three-year imprisonment or Taka two times more than the value of the stolen electricity or Taka 50 thousand will be realised as fine if anybody is found involved in electricity pilferage in residential areas.
Besides, according to the proposed law, maximum five-year jail or maximum Taka five lakh as fine or both of the punishment and penalty will be imposed if any person is found in using any machine, device or artificial system in connecting any power line through illegal means.