Cabinet okays death penalty for barring flight operation

DHAKA, Feb 13, 2017 (BSS) - The Cabinet today gave final approval to the drafts of three acts, including the Civil Aviation Act-2017 with provision of death penalty or life-term imprisonment and maximum penalty of Taka five crore on charge of any willful obstruction in the flight operation.

The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, cabinet secretary M Shafiul Alam said the new law has been framed updating 'the Civil Aviation Ordinance, 1960' according to the guideline of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The new law proposed more stringent punishment for offences of violation of the law relating to civil aviation, he said adding that the cabinet didn't give any retrospective effect of the proposed law.

Other instruments that received the final approval of the cabinet are- draft of the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Act, 2017 and draft of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Act, 2017, the cabinet secretary said.

The cabinet also approved in principle the draft of the Khulna Development Authority Act, 2017 and draft of the Textiles Policy, 2017.

The Civil Aviation Act-2017 has proposed five years imprisonment and minimum fine of Taka one crore or both for violation of the Air Navigation Order (ANO). In case of forgery of certificate or license, the law proposed for same punishment.

For any interference in the air navigation like obstructing or damaging the lighting or signaling system or intervention in the flight operation, the law proposed life-term imprisonment or fine of Taka five crore or both.

The law also suggested maximum seven years jail and fine of Taka 50 lakh for carrying dangerous goods or substances in the flight. For violation of the air space of Bangladesh one would get maximum seven years and minimum three years imprisonment or maximum penalty of fifty lakh, the draft proposed.

The Bangladesh Rice Research Institute Act, 2017 is a Bangla and modified version of the Rice Research Institute Act, 1973. The draft newly defined the functions of the Institute in 16 areas for production of high yielding species with the support of local and foreign support.

Among others, the law also proposed establishing sufficient laboratories and libraries, taking scheme for farmers to make them aware of newly invented species and imparting training to local and foreign researchers and create post-graduate training facilities.

The new law proposed that the Institute would be run by a board headed by Director General of the Institute as chairman. The board would be constituted with the representatives of finance, agriculture and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC).

The Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Act, 2017 is also an updated version of the Bangladesh Atomic Commission Order, 1973 in Bangla. According to the new law, the commission would be constituted with maximum four members including a chairman with science and technology background.

The commission will work for peaceful use of atomic power in the areas of food, agriculture, health, medicare, environment and industries. The commission would also work for development of electronic machineries, design, technologies and useful appliance, conduct educational programme, and service, implementation of the nuclear projects and carry out research and development activities.

The draft of the Khulna Development Authority Act, 2017 has proposed establishing a statuary body for planned development of Khulna City while the Textiles Policy has been updated with vision and mission of the textile sector, the cabinet secretary said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)