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Cabinet okays Bangladesh Atomic Energy Control Act, 2012
DHAKA, March 29 (BSS)- The cabinet today approved the draft of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Control Act, 2012 keeping the provisions of constituting a separate regulator for the country's first-ever nuclear power plant at Rooppur in Pabna.

The approval was given at the 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 briefing the newsmen said the cabinet approved the act as there is no regulatory body as well as legal and institutional framework for the power plant at present.

He said under the proposed act, a five-member regulatory body titled ' Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority' headed by a chairman will be constituted to supervise the activities of the operator of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant to be constructed with the assistance of Russian Federation.

Besides, an advisory committee will be formed with the experts from related sectors.

Under the act, the operator will have to take the responsibility for any damage due to accident in the plant. The claim of damage will have to be filed within ten years after the accident and disposed of within 50 years.

The issues of definition, goals and activities of the authority, determination of compensation, security and safety of the power plants as well as safety measures against radiation and management of nuclear waste have been mentioned in the proposed act.

The cabinet also okayed a proposal for re-fixing the implementation date of National Wage Scale for the workers of the state-owned mills and factories.

Under the proposal, the new basic salary of the workers will be effective from July 2009, while the other marginal benefits from July 2010. The arrears will be paid in four equal installments from September 2012 to December 2013.

Under the new scale, the maximum basic salary of a worker would be Tk 5,600, while the minimum Tk 4150 with 50 percent house rent and other allowances.

A proposal for observing the 3rd April as the National Film Day from this year was also endorsed by the cabinet to project the importance of films before the people and encourage all stakeholders of the film industry.

The 3rd April has been selected as the National Film Day as on this day in 1957, the then Industries and Commerce Minister Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman placed the East Pakistan Film Development Corporation Act at the Provincial Assembly for the development of film industry in the country.

The cabinet was apprised of the participation of a Bangladesh delegation led by the health and family welfare minister in the 20th executive committee meeting of the 'Partners in Population and Development (PPD) held in Nairobi, Kenya in February this year.

The cabinet secretary said the meeting has decided to set up
the secretariat of the 25-member body in Dhaka.

Cabinet members, advisers to the Prime Minister, state ministers concerned attended the meeting, while cabinet secretary and concerned secretaries were present.
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