4 bills passed in JS
Four separate bills, including Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Bill, were passed in parliament yesterday.
Three of the passed bills -- Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Bill, The Medical Degrees (Repeal) Bill, and The Medical Colleges (Governing Bodies) (Repeal) Bill -- were placed by Health Minister Zahid Maleque.
Another passed bill, titled "Kurigram Agricultural University Bill", was placed by Education Minister Dipu Moni.
Besides, a bill titled "The Quick Enhancement of Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) Act 2021" was placed in parliament, aiming to extend the tenure of the law for another five years (till 2026).
Bangladesh Shishu Hospital and Institute Bill, which was passed by voice vote, aims to improve healthcare services for children.
It was designed in line with Dhaka Shishu Hospital Ordinance, 2008, which was promulgated during the caretaker government's tenure.
The draft law aims to merge Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital and Bangladesh Institute of Child Health to ensure better healthcare services for children. At present, Bangladesh Institute of Child Health is the academic wing of Dhaka Shishu Hospital.
Some 54 ordinances, out of 122, promulgated during
the caretaker government's tenure were approved in parliament, following recommendations of the 9th parliament's special committee. But Dhaka Shishu Hospital Ordinance was not endorsed at that time.
Dhaka Shishu Hospital, established in 1977, became an autonomous institute under the 2008 ordinance. The Bangladesh Institute of Child Health was established in 1983 as an academic wing of Dhaka Shishu Hospital.
Currently, there is no complete law or ordinance on regulation and supervision of Dhaka Shishu Hospital's activities.
At least 30 beds would be reserved for child patients of poor families, he mentioned, referring to a provision of the bill.
The Medical Degrees (Repeal) Bill was passed by voice vote. The proposed law, once enacted, will abolish Medical Degrees Act 1916, as the enactment of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) Act 2010 made the old law unnecessary.
Medical Degrees Act 1916 used to determine everything regarding medical degrees and their standards. But all of its provisions were incorporated into BMDC Act 2010.
The Medical Colleges (Governing Bodies) (Repeal), Bill was also passed by voice vote. The new law will abolish Medical Colleges (Governing Bodies) Ordinance 1961.
The old ordinance is not necessary anymore, as some other laws were enacted for medical education in the country.
Kurigram Agricultural University Bill aims to establish a new university in Kurigram, which will help develop agriculture in northern districts through research. Currently, there are 153 universities -- 46 public and 107 private -- in the country.
State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid placed the The Quick Enhancement of Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) Act 2021 in parliament.
Since the tenure of the existing law is going to expire in 2021, the proposed law was brought to extend it till 2026.
The cabinet on September 6 gave final approval for the bill's draft to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and energy.
The tenure of the special provision, enacted in 2010, was extended on several occasions in the past, but no changes other than extensions were made to the proposed law.