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‘No chance of return to caretaker govt system’

Published : 29 Sep 2022 09:39 PM

Law Minister Anisul Huq has said there is no chance to return to the caretaker government concept. 

“Since the Supreme Court has declared the caretaker government system illegal, there is no way to go back to the concept,” he said. 

The minister said this in response to a question from journalists following a seminar on the World Maritime Day, organised by the Department of Shipping at Hotel Intercontinental in the capital on Thursday (September 29).

The World Maritime Day-2022 was observed in the country as elsewhere in the world with the theme ‘New Technologies for Greener Shipping’.

Anisul Huq said that the people of the country believe in the rule of law. They respect the highest court of the country. The apex court of the country has declared the caretaker government concept invalid. So, there is no chance of going back to that concept.

Secretary of the Ministry of Shipping Mustafa Kamal presided over the function where State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Shipping Ministry Major (Retd.) Rafiqul Islam were present as special guests. 

Director General of the Department of Shipping Commodore Md. Nizamul Haque delivered the welcome speech, while adviser to former caretaker government and head of the Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering Department at BUET Prof. Dr. Mohammad Tamim presented the main article at the event.  Country Manager (Marine & Offshore) of Bureau Veritas Bangladesh Md Harunor Rashid, and professor at Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of BUET Mir Tariq Ali also spoke on the occasion, among others.  

Top five individuals and organisations of the year were honoured at the seminar for their special contributions to the five maritime sectors.

Speaking as the chief guest at the event, Anisul Huq said that it is possible to reduce carbon emissions from ships by fully complying with national and international laws related to international maritime trade and shipping. “That is why we all have to respect the law,” he added. 

Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury in his speech highlighted the natural disasters of Bangladesh caused by the impact of global climate change and also highlighted the strong steps taken by the government to prevent and control the disasters. He also talked about the necessary actions to make Bangladesh’s inland and seagoing commercial fleet environment-friendly and reduce carbon emissions.