A Bill titled "The Bangladesh National Archive Bill, 2021" was placed in Parliament yesterday, keeping provisions that no record can be destroyed.
The Bill was brought to repeal the National Archive Ordinance, 1983 in line with a High Court judgment.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid placed the Bill which was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further examination.
The provision of destroying any record was dropped from the proposed law. So, no record in the archive can be destroyed.
According to the proposed law, there will be a 17-member advisory council for a three-year tenure.
As per the proposed law, National Archives will provide records to any individual upon application.
In regards to sending any file abroad, which is over 75 years old and has historical, cultural, and literature value, permission from the director-general will be required.