Cabinet okays draft of BMDA Law, 2017


PV Desk : The cabinet today approved in principle the draft of “The Barind Multipurpose Development Authority (BMDA) Law, 2017” aimed at bringing the organisation under a legal structure.

The approval came at a regular cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) this morning with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Briefing reporters after the meeting at the secretariat in the afternoon, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said the BMDA has so far been running by a resolution as there is no law in this regard. “The organisation is now being operated by a government resolution,” he said.

The cabinet secretary said an authority is a statutory body which is run by a law. “In that consideration, the draft law has been placed in the cabinet to turn the resolution into a law, he added.

The cabinet secretary said according to the draft law, entire Rajshahi and Rangpur divisions would now come under the BMDA instead of only greater Rajshahi, Bogra, Rangpur and Dinajpur districts as mentioned in the existing resolution.

The area of the BMDA has been expanded considering the expansion of works of the authority, Alam said, adding the BMDA has been clearly defined in the draft law which was absent in the existing resolution.