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Cabinet approves new electricity law with tougher provisions

The cabinet with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair gave final approval to the draft of Biddut Ain, 2017` with tougher provisions against sabotage, destruction of the power infrastructure and illegal practices of pilferage.

"The draft proposed for minimum seven years and maximum 10 years of imprisonment and highest penalty of Taka 10 crore or both for any sabotage or destruction in any electricity infrastructure or damage to power stations, sub-stations, power lines, poles and equipments," Cabinet Secretary M Shafiul Alam told a media briefing after the meeting on Monday.

He said the new electricity law proposed introduction of independent system operator (ISO) to operate the country`s power system in a coordinated manner as well as ensuring better load management.

Today`s cabinet meeting, he said, said also approved four other proposed laws in its weekly meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat.

Alam said the new electricity law would replace the original Electricity Act framed in 1910 and will bar PDB, DESCO and DESA to set up new lines or conduct any public works in their jurisdiction without informing concerned higher authorities.

The law also proposed tougher punitive actions for committing any offence or wrongdoing by the officials and employees of the power sector like giving illegal connection or doing any faulty works.

"The law proposed In general that any employee for involvement in any offence will get six months imprisonment and penalty of of Taka 10 thousand or both," he said.

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