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12:00 AM, January 26, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:33 AM, January 26, 2021

Cabinet: PM holds first in-person meet in 10 months

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the first time in 10 months attended a weekly cabinet meeting in person yesterday.

Even though the cabinet has 47 members, yesterday's meeting at Parliament complex was attended only by six ministers and six secretaries.

The last time Hasina attended a cabinet meeting in person was on April 8, 2020. She has been attending the cabinet and ECNEC meetings through video conferences from the Gono Bhaban.

After yesterday's meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told reporters that the meeting gave final approval to the draft of "The Bangladesh Tour Operators and Tour Guides (Registration and Control Act), 2021", which aims to bring the tour operators under regulation for conducting tour operations in a well-planned way.

According to proposed law, he said a touring company would have to obtain a license.

"No company will be allowed to arrange tours without registration and the interest of the tourists will be protected once the act is passed," the cabinet secretary added, reports BSS.

Foreign companies can also operate tours under the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the proposed the law, said Anwarul.

The law recommended a maximum of six months in prison and Tk 2 lakh in fines for violating it.

The meeting also approved in principle "The Boilers Act-2021" after modifying the existing law from 1923, mainly to ensure industrial safety.

Owners of a boiler will be liable for a maximum of two years in jail or Taka 2 lakh in fines or for both for using unregistered boilers, the cabinet secretary said.

The meeting approved Bangla and English versions of the Shipbuilding Industry Development Policy-2021.

Anwarul said that the meeting approved a proposal to reform the committee formed on February 9, 2015, to formulate The Public Corporation (Management Coordination) Act aimed at operating all the government corporations under a board.


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