: The Cabinet, on Monday February 13, gave final approval to the drafts Civil Aviation Act-2017 with provision of death penalty or life-term imprisonment and maximum penalty of Taka five crore on charge of any willful obstruction in the flight operation.
The approval was given in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Bangladesh Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, cabinet secretary M Shafiul Alam said the new law has been framed updating 'the Civil Aviation Ordinance, 1960' according to the guideline of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)..
The new law proposed more stringent punishment for offences of violation of the law relating to civil aviation, he said adding that the cabinet didn't give any retrospective effect of the proposed law.
The Civil Aviation Act-2017 has proposed five years imprisonment and minimum fine of Taka one crore or both for violation of the Air Navigation Order (ANO). In case of forgery of certificate or license, the law proposed for same punishment.
For any interference in the air navigation like obstructing or damaging the lighting or signaling system or intervention in the flight operation, the law proposed life-term imprisonment or fine of Taka five crore or both.
The law also suggested maximum seven years jail and fine of Taka 50 lakh for carrying dangerous goods or substances in the flight. For violation of the air space of Bangladesh one would get maximum seven years and minimum three years imprisonment or maximum penalty of fifty lakh, the draft proposed.