Cabinet approves draft law for nuke research on crops

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Dhaka, April 18: The cabinet on Monday cleared the draft Act of ‘The Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) Research Act, 2016’ in principle with a view to innovating new varieties of crops through research and applying nuclear techniques.

The approval was given from the weekly regular cabinet meeting held at secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam briefed reporters after the meeting and explained the decision of the meeting.

Shafiul Alam also said the new act was amended after 12 years of enacting as ordinance in 1984. “Presently the act has been translated into Bengali and some sections are incorporated in the act.”

He said, “The aim of the law is to innovate new varieties of crops that are suitable to climate and environment through research as well as using nuclear tools and techniques and modern technologies.”

Under the new act, a board comprising 14 members would be formed to operate the Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) Research and the chairman of the board would be director general, the newsmen were told.

The headquarters of the Bangladesh Institute of Nuclear Agriculture (BINA) Research will be set up at Mymensingh, the cabinet secretary added.

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