Cabinet okays law for bringing tour operators under regulations

DHAKA, The cabinet today approved in principle the

draft of “The Bangladesh Tour Operators (Registration and Control Act), 2020”

to bring the domestic tour operators under regulation for conducting tour

operations in a well-planned way for further development of the tourism

industry.

The cabinet also approved in principle a draft named “The Bangladesh

National Archives Act, 2020.”

The approval was given in a regular cabinet meeting with Prime Minister

Sheikh Hasina in the chair at her office here this morning.

Briefing newsmen at the Bangladesh Secretariat here after the meeting,

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said, “The cabinet today approved

‘The Bangladesh Tour Operators (Registration and Control Act), 2020,’ to

bring the local tour operator under a legal framework aimed at operating the

tours in a planned manner to ensure the best services to the tourists.”

In accordance with the proposed law, he said a touring company will have

to obtain a license, “No company will be allowed to arrange tours without

having registration. It will be a punishable offence in case of violation of

the law.”

He added that the proposed law also has a provision of handing over the

registration to another tour operator in case of death, physical and

financial incapability.

The country’s top bureaucrat also said the draft law suggested that

criminal acts of the tour operators will be tried under the Code of Criminal

Procedure Code 1898 aimed at protecting the interest of the tourists.

As proposed, the activities of tour operators, tour guides, general tour

guides, cultural guides, nature guides and trekking guides will now be

regulated.

The cabinet secretary said that the cabinet also approved in principle a

draft of “The Bangladesh National Archives Act, 2020” keeping a provision of

using information technology in preserving the records and documents in the

national archive.

“Seven new sections have been added to the proposed law making director

general as head of the Directorate of Archives and Libraries, using

information technology in all the activities including preservation of the

records and documents by the national archives and operating courses to

enhance the professional excellence of the employees,” he continued.

He added that as per the proposed law, there will be an advisory council

(the highest policy making body) of the national archives.

“If the law is enacted, it will be possible to preserve the important

records and documents of the government, non-government and autonomous

organizations in a proper manner. The proper preservation of the documents

will increase the scope of conducting researches on the basis of the

documents,” he said.

The draft law has suggested three years punishment for the offence of

deliberately destroying important records and documents.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)