The Cabinet has approved in principle a draft of a proposed law for the ship-breaking industry. It proposes a maximum Tk 3 million fine and a year in jail for offenders.
Monday’s regular Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina cleared the draft of the ‘Bangladesh Ship Re-cycling Act 2015’.
A regulatory body for the sector—Ship Recycling Board—will be formed under the law, Cabinet Division Secretary Muhammad Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan told reporters after the meeting.
“The regulator will give permission for ship-breaking yards. It will also look into issues like workers’ safety, their interests and environment issues,” he said.
The board will comprise of representatives from the ministry, ship recycling association and other concerned government and private bodies.
It will be chaired by an additional secretary of the industries ministry while the government will appoint a director general for it, agency reports.