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Extension of electricity and energy supply act approved


Published : 06 Sep 2021 10:04 PM

The Cabinet has approved a proposal on extension of the tenure of the ‘Quick Enhancement of Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) Act, 2010’ for five more years till 2026.

The draft of the ‘Quick Enhancement of Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) (Amendment) Act, 2021’ was approved at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet held virtually on Monday with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

The PM joined the meeting from her official residence Ganabhaban while her Cabinet colleagues were connected from the Cabinet Division of the Bangladesh Secretariat.

In a briefing following the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said that the amendment was brought to extend five more years the tenure of the existing law which is going to expire this year.

He said that the Cabinet gave the final approval to the draft of ‘Quick Enhancement of Electricity and Energy Supply (Special Provision) (Amendment) Bill, 2021’ in order to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity and energy for the sake of developing Bangladesh into a higher middle-income country by 2030 and a developed country by 2041.

The tenure of the special provision, enacted in 2010, was extended on several occasions in the past. However, no change other than time extension has been made to the proposed law, said the Cabinet Secretary. 

Enacted in October of 2010 for two years, the law was first extended by two years till October 11 of 2014 and by four years till October 11 of 2018. The special provision was extended for the last time for three years in 2018.