Draft law for compensation for air passenger’s death okayed

DHAKA, The cabinet today okayed in principle the draft of The Air Transport (The Montreal Convention, 1999) Act, 2019, to ensure air passenger rights that include compensation of US dollar 1.60 lakh for one's death in an accident.

The approval was given in a regular weekly meeting held at the PMO with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The cabinet has in principle approved the draft of the law in accordance with The Montreal Convention, 1999? to give safeguard of the air passengers, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told a press briefing at the Secretariat after the meeting.

Shafiul said in accordance with the draft law, each of the air passengers will get 1.60 lakh US dollars for death from injuries.

Referring to the deaths in a plane crash in Nepal, he said, Each of the people who were killed in the plane crash in Nepal got only 12,000 US dollars. But, from now on (after passage of the law) one air passenger would get 1.60 lakh US dollars as compensation in case of death from injuries.

The law has proposed 10 years' jail and a fine of Taka 100 crore for airlines owners or company in case of failure to give the fixed compensation, he said.

It also proposed to increase to 70 US dollars from 25 US dollars for per kilogram in case of lost luggage which was 25 US dollar while it will be 27 US dollars instead of 25 for the cargo, he added.

Shafiul Alam said the cabinet also approved in principle the draft of The

Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation Act, 2019 that provides for

enhanced penalties for giving false information while seeking house building

loan.

The draft law seeks to increase the punishment to five years of

imprisonment from two years and the fine to Taka five lakh from Taka 2,000

for the offence, he also said.

About implementation of the cabinet decision, around 82 percent of

its decisions (59 decisions out of 72) in the quarter from April to June have

been implemented, the Cabinet Secretary added.

He also said that the cabinet has approved the Leather and Leather Goods

Development Policy, 2019 giving emphasis on attracting foreign investment as

Bangladesh has set a target to earn five billion US dollars from export in

this sector by 2024 and a pact signed between Bangladesh and Czech Republic

to avoid dual taxation and stop dodges of revenue.

The cabinet also approved the proposal of Bangladesh's accession to

Patient Corporation Treaty (PCT), he said, adding that as many as 152

countries including India and Sri Lanka have signed the treaty.

The cabinet also adopted a condolence motion at the death of one of the

political luminaries of the country and Bangladesh National Awami Party-NAP

(Muzaffar) President Professor Muzaffar Ahmed.

Primary and Mass Education State Minister Md Zakir Hossain and secretary Md

Akram-Al-Hossain handed over a five-year work plan for the ministry in line

with the election manifesto to the Prime Minister.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)