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JS passes BSTI Bill with tougher punishment

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Health Desk: 29th Oct’18: Parliament on Sunday passed four bills, including the Bangladesh Standard and Testing Institution Bill 2018, incorporating provisions of harsher punishment for violations in producing, marketing and sale of any products under the jurisdiction of the law.

Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu placed the bill before the House seeking its immediate passage.

The House with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair passed the four bills by voice votes, rejecting most of the amendment motions put forward by the opposition lawmakers.

The minister said the proposed law has been formulated making the Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution Ordinance 1985 more time-befitting one.

According to the draft law, the use of the trademark without having a licence will be considered as an offence.

The proposed law has a provision of one year’s imprisonment or Tk 25,000 fine or both for violating any of the rules and regulations formulated under the proposed law as well as for the offences not covered by the mentioned sections.

The House also passed the Fisheries Quarantine Bill, 2018 to prevent the intrusion of any harmful bacteria into the country.

Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayan Chandra Chanda placed the bill.

Currently, there is no law to check the intrusion of any disease or harmful bacteria through fish import.