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TI Moves Rules for amended TC Law 2013 is overdue for the last one year

Finalization of rules for any law which is passed previously takes place in 3 months. Despite this regular practice in the government bureaucracy system; the rules of TC law amended 2013 had been sitting idle for the last one year for finalization says a report in the online news portal www.banglanews24.com published on May 2, 2014.  The report reads that Ministry of Health made a draft Rules for the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) (Amended) Act 2013 and sent it couple of months ago for vetting in the ministry of Law. 

The Law Ministry is supposed to vet the rules and send it back to health ministry as soon as possible but still it does not happen. The industry is playing some suspicious role by trying to delay it in finalization. As the rules are not finalized, the law is not being implemented fully in the country, added the report.

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Besides, Biodiversity of Hill Tracts is in stake because of aggressive expansion of tobacco cultivation says another report published in The Daily Shokaler Khobor on May 1, 2014. Tobacco industries are alluring the local farmers with different incentives like financial, technical and other agri-inputs for producing tobacco on their lands.

Almost all (98%) of arable lands are under tobacco plantation in the district of Bandarban.  The expansion of tobacco cultivation is alarming indeed and the Biodiversity of the hill tracts is in stake. The concerned authorities is not being able to do much to restrict as there is no such policy made by the government to control tobacco cultivation, says the report.

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