The Iodised Salt Bill, 2021, was placed in Parliament on Wednesday aiming to ensure proportionate use of iodine in salt and regulate the salt market in the country.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Humayun Mahmud placed the Bill and then it was sent to the respective Parliamentary Standing Committee for further scrutiny.
The Committee was asked to submit its report within seven days.
A 14-member national salt committee, headed by the Industries Secretary as its chairman, will be constituted to oversee production, processing, refining, storage, transportation and marketing of salt, ensuring iodine use in salt, supply iodine to the salt factory, regulating salt import, as well as to place recommendations over salt management policy.
If anyone produces, processes and imports salt and runs iodised salt factory without registration, or doesn't maintain the standard, the person will be sentenced to one to three years of jail and fined Tk 50,000- Tk 15 lakh or both.
BDST: 1218 HRS, JAN 20, 2021