The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the 'Railway Security Force Bill, 2014' aimed at making the existing Railway Security Force Ordinance 1976 more time befitting one.
The approval, subject to the Law Ministry’s vetting, was given at the regular weekly meeting of the Cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan briefed reporters.
He said the proposed law is the updated and amended Bangla version of the Railway Security Force Ordinance 1976 with some new definitions. The ordinance became null and void when the fifth and seventh amendments to the constitution were declared illegal by the Higher Court.
As per the cabinet’s earlier decision to redraft the repealed ordinances in Bangla and bring those for Cabinet approval after necessary updates and review, the Railway Ministry brought the proposed bill seeking the cabinet approval.
Before drafting the proposed law, the Cabinet Secretary said, the Railway Ministry took opinions from different ministries and divisions and then held an inter-ministerial meeting.
The Bill will now be sent to parliament for its passage after the Law Ministry’s vetting.
The Cabinet also gave nod in principle to the draft of 'The Railway Property (Unlawful Procession) Bill 2014' with some observations.
Musharraf Hossain said the proposed Bill is also the Bangla version of the annulled Railway Property (Unlawful Possession) Ordinance 1979 with some amendments and updates.
The day's Cabinet meeting also approved a proposal for signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bangladesh and India on bilateral cooperation for prevention of human trafficking, especially the trafficking of women and children, and rescue, recovery, repatriation and reintegration of the trafficking victims.
The Cabinet Secretary said the MoU is likely to be signed between Bangladesh and India during Indian Home Secretary's visit to Bangladesh on September 2-4 for the Bangladesh-India Home Secretary-level meeting.
Under the MoU, he said, both the countries would work according to their respective Strengthened Operation Procedure (SOP) while legal action will be taken against the traffickers as per the laws of the respective countries.
He said that for checking human trafficking, activities are going on in both the countries like operation of focal points at Home Ministries of both India and Bangladesh as well as operation of the SOPs and task forces.
Musharraf said the focal points of the respective countries would go for necessary actions in this regard taking necessary support from law enforcement agencies, border guards of the two countries and NGOs working to this end.
Bangladesh and India would also follow the Coordinated Border Management Plan and exchange necessary information.
The meeting was also apprised about the participation of a Bangladesh delegation, headed by Finance Minister AMA Muhith, in the 39th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors and in the 40th Founding Anniversary of IDB held in Jeddah on June 22-26 last.
Ministers, and state ministers and secretaries concerned attended the meeting.
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