Cabinet decides not to scrap laws enacted by Bangabandhu government

The cabinet has decided not to formulate new laws scrapping the old ones either enacted or promulgated from January 1, 1972 to August 5, 1975, during the rule of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

The cabinet says those laws and ordinances will only be amended.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam told a news briefing after the cabinet meeting was held through virtual media.

He said the cabinet took the decision so the people as well as political and governance researchers could get a clearer idea how the post-independence government ran the newborn country under Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s leadership.

The cabinet, he said, simultaneously, decided to turn into regular laws the ordinances enacted from August 15, 1975 to 1979 and 1982 to September of 1986 and scrap some of those which would appear unnecessary in line with a February 2013 High Court order.

The cabinet secretary said that the Legislative Division of the law ministry was asked to formulate the rules to this end.

The decision came from the regular weekly meeting of the cabinet held at the Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. She attended the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Khandker Anwarul Islam also said the resolution came as the cabinet reviewed a draft law relating to House Building Finance Corporation and decided to endorse it keeping the original timeline of its enactment as a presidential order in 1973.

The amended law, he said, would now be called “The Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (Amendment) Order, 1973″ while it was tabled as The Bangladesh House Building Finance Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2020”.

Under the amended law the authorised and paid up capital for the organisation was re-fixed to Taka 1000 crore and Taka 500 crore for which the length of its activities would be extended as well.

The draft law simultaneously suggested tougher punitive actions up to five years of imprisonment and fine up to Taka five lakh for commuting offence within its purview while the pervious provisions of such actions were very lenient.