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Cantonment Bill, 2017 placed in JS incorporating tougher punishment

DHAKA, Nov 14, 2017 (BSS) - The Cantonment Bill, 2017 was placed today in the Jatiya Sangsad incorporating tougher punishment for violating the law including delaying construction of building and breaking traffic rules in cantonment areas.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq today placed the bill with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury presiding over the House proceeding.

The new bill was made reorganising and amending the existing Cantonment Act of 1924 to make it more time- befitting.

He said the existing law is a very old one having 292 sections while the proposed law contained 218 sections within 16 chapters dropping the unnecessary ones and incorporating some new sections.

In the proposed bill, the amount of various fees and fine on 43 different subjects including exceeding the completion period in construction of building, violation of traffic law, begging with distorted organs, carrying arms and exploding firecrackers, in the areas under Cantonment Board have been substantially increased from the about 90-year-old law.

The proposed bill has a provision of up to Taka 20,000 as fine for delaying the construction works of any building for more than three times, while the amount would be up to Taka 50,000 for delaying the construction works for more than five times instead of Taka 100 fine in the existing law.

The law minister said maximum Taka 50,000 and minimum Taka 20,000 could be fined under the draft law for illegal construction of any establishment and the amount of fine for digging in roads in the cantonment area is maximum Taka 10,000.

Besides, any one driving vehicle on the wrong side violating traffic rules in the cantonment area will have to pay minimum Taka 2,000 and maximum Taka 5,000 as fine instead of existing only Taka 50 as fine, the proposed bill reads, adding, "A provision of maximum Taka 10,000 and minimum Taka 3,000 is also in the draft law for putting obstruction to any work of the government."

The House sent the bill to the parliamentary standing committee on the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry and to report back within 30 days after scrutiny.