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Electricity bill, 2017 placed in JS with provision of 5-yr jail for power pilferage

SANGSAD BHABAN, Nov 14, 2017 (BSS) - Keeping the provision of three to five years imprisonment along with maximum Taka 5 lakh financial penalty for illegal use of electricity, the Electricity Bill, 2017, was placed in the Jatiya Sangsad today.

State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the bill in the House, with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Annulling the existing Electricity Act, 1910, he said the new bill was proposed for ensuring power generation and quality service, developing the power transmission and distribution system, bringing reform and preventing power pilferage at residential, industrial or commercial areas.

According to the new bill, a provision of three-year imprisonment or Taka two times more than the value of the stolen electricity or Taka 50 thousand will be realized as fine amount is included if anybody is found involved in electricity pilferage in residential areas.

"Besides, maximum five-year jail or maximum Taka five lakh as fine or both of the punishment and penalty will be imposed on the person to be found in using any machine, device or artificial system in connecting any illegal means," the proposed bill added.

The House later sent the proposed bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee to scrutiny it and asked to report back within next 30 working days.