Bangladesh Parliament Passes Textile Bill 2018

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Bangladesh's Parliament has passed the Textile Bill 2018 which aims to maintain the quality of textile products as Bangladesh earns huge foreign currency from apparel exports. State Minister for Textiles and Jute Mirza Azam tabled the bill and it was passed by voice vote, last week.

As per the draft law, the government will set up a directorate headed by a director general (DG), who will also work as its registrar. The directorate's officers will be responsible to inspect quality and standard of various inputs used in textile products including paint and other chemicals. The government will also establish a laboratory of international standard to carry out the inspections and standard tests. The aim is to ensure  the  use of standard inputs and to support sustainability through legislation.

About the provision of punishment, the proposed law stated that the registration of any company can be suspended or even cancelled for giving wrong or false information while getting registered.

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