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PM queries about delay in implementing cabinet decisions

Published : 17 Apr 2024 10:41 PM | Updated : 18 Apr 2024 05:58 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed the authorities concerned to come up with the reasons for a delay in implementing the decisions approved by the cabinet.

The premier gave the directive during a weekly cabinet meeting held at her office in the capital on Wednesday.

“The prime minister has wanted to know the reasons why the cabinet-approved decisions are still under implementation,” Cabinet Secretary Mahbub Hossain told reporters at a press briefing at Bangladesh Secretariat. 

The cabinet secretary said that some 16 laws, approved by the cabinet, are yet to be sent to Parliament. Of the laws, four laws are related to land ministry and one is related to land ministry. 

Mahbub said that the cabinet was apprised of under-implementation of those laws.

“The prime minister has asked the authorities concerned to apprise the cabinet in details why the laws are under implementation. She asked them to inform the cabinet immediately,” he said. 

The premier also asked the authorities concerned to decide quickly whether the previous decisions, which are under implementation, would be implemented or not, he added.

The cabinet secretary said that the cabinet gave in principle and final approval to drafts of ‘Moheshkhali Integrated Development Authority (MIDA) Act, 2024’ and ‘Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 2024’.

He said the principal secretary of the PMO placed the draft of the MIDA Act in the cabinet meeting aimed at forming an authority to carry out the ongoing development

 activities centring Matarbari deep sea port in Moheshkhali in an integrated process.

Under the law, Mahbub said, the prime minister will be the chairman of the governing board of the authority while it will be governed by a 17-member board.

Apart from the governing board, the government will appoint a principal executive officer who will run the office as the chief executive officer, he added.

The main objective of the authority will be preparing a master plan for the specific area of around 55,968 acres of land and implementing it, the cabinet secretary said, adding that the prime target of forming the authority is to bring discipline in the development activities there to boost foreign investments and turn the area into a development hub.

While talking about ‘Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 2024’, he said that it is basically the Bangla version of the existing English one and there is no change in this version.

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