The Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) Bill 2018 “with a provision of fine and jail term for defying BADC notices and damaging its property.
"If anyone (farmers) defies any notice issued by BADC he or she will be fined Tk10,000," said Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam.
“Besides, if any boundary wall or any establishment of BADC is damaged, the responsible people will have to suffer six months' jail or will have to pay a fine of Tk10,000; or both.
The same punishment will be given if anyone grabs land owned by BADC,” he said.
Under the proposed law, Shafiul Alam said a 16-member Board of Directors will be formed and will meet every three months.
The approval was given at the weekly cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Shafiul Alam said the BADC Act, 2018 will replace the East Pakistan Ordinance No 37 of 1961, which were amended in 1975 and 1976 during the military regime.
In line with the directives of the Cabinet following the Supreme Court order in 2010, which declared the military regimes and their orders illegal, the cabinet has framed the BADC act newly in Bangla with necessary amendments, Shafiul said.
As per the law, the corporation works mainly for development of the seeds and groves, extension of the irrigation facilities, supply of fertilizer, production and marketing of different seeds, construction of irrigation infrastructures, and rainwater harvesting.
The board of directors of the BADC will be comprised of a chairman to be appointed by the government, a secretary, and five full time members.
The board will be comprised of the Registrar of the Department of Cooperatives, Director General of the BRDB, Director General of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), a joint secretary respectively from agriculture ministry and finance ministry, a member of the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board, representatives of Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) and Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), and five directors of the corporation.