Electricity Bill, 2017, was placed in parliament last night keeping a provision for a maximum of five years' imprisonment along with the highest fine of Tk 5 lakh for using electricity illegally.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the bill in the House, with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The Jatiya Sangsad later sent the bill to the parliamentary standing committee concerned for scrutiny and to report within 30 working days.
The proposed law will replace the existing Electricity Act, 1910. The bill is aimed at ensuring power generation and quality service, developing the power transmission and distribution systems, and preventing power pilferage at residential, industrial and commercial establishments.
Meanwhile, the Cantonment Bill, 2017, was also placed in parliament yesterday with provisions for tougher punishments for violating the law, including delaying construction of buildings and breaking traffic rules in cantonment areas.
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq placed the bill in the House.
The Jatiya Sangsad later sent the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry for scrutiny and asked to report within 30 working days.
The new bill has been prepared reorganising and amending the Cantonment Act, 1924, to make it more time-befitting, the minister told the House.