The Cabinet today (Monday) cleared the draft of Finance Company Act, 2021, in principle, keeping several clauses of executive punishment for breaching the law alongside criminal offenses.
The approval came from the weekly cabinet meeting held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
The Premier joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, while her Cabinet colleagues at Bangladesh Secretariat.
“The new law has been designed making changes to the Finance Institutions Act, 1993 as it (existing law) is not so effective in this present context,” said Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam while briefing the reporters after the meeting at the Cabinet Division.
As per the proposed law, he said, the existing financial institutions would turn into companies but they won’t require fresh registration or change their present memorandum of associations.
According to the bill, Anwarul said, none can run a finance company in Bangladesh without taking a license from Bangladesh Bank.
The bill also precisely defined loan defaulters as well as fixed the ceilings for the amount of deposited money and interest rates, he added.
During the approval of the draft law, he said, the Cabinet also gave an observation for the authorities concerned to review whether the bankruptcy issue of a company can be solved outside the court, and the issue can be incorporated in the proposed law.
The Cabinet Secretary said now the court declares a company bankrupt, which is time consuming issue to remove the bankruptcy-related complexities following the High Court’s judgment.
Besides, the Cabinet cleared the draft of Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Remuneration and Privileges) Act, 2021 in order to replace the Leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Remuneration and Privileges) Ordinance, 1979, which was promulgated during the military regime.
“No major change has been brought in the proposed law,” he said.
It also approved the draft of Bangladesh Homoeopathic Treatment Education Act, 2021 in principle, which will replace the Bangladesh Homoeopathic Practitioners Ordinance, 1983.
The meeting cleared the draft Bengali and English versions of the National Financial Inclusion Strategy.
In addition, the Cabinet also approved the draft of an agreement to be signed between Bangladesh and Botswana on visa exemption for holders of diplomatic and official passports.