Iodised Salt Bill placed in JS
Published: 01:49 PM, 20 January 2021 Updated: 01:50 PM, 20 January 2021
The Iodised Salt Bill, 2021 has been placed in the Jatiya Sangsad in Wednesday aiming to improve the monitoring and efficacy of the country’s salt iodisation programme.
Industries Minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun placed the bill in the House with Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Piloting the bill, the minister said the proposed act will be enacted through annulling the previous ‘Iodine Deficiency Disease Prevention Act-1989’.
During the past decades, Bangladesh has done a remarkable job bringing down once-epidemic numbers of goitre and thyroid disease. In the mid-1990s, around 47 percent of the population suffered from goitre. Today, that number falls well below 6 percent, according to the bill.
It would be considered an offense for anyone to import, produce, market or stock salt without registering beforehand.
In order to better regulate and monitor legislation introduced in the mid-1990s mandating the use of iodine in the country’s salt supply, on Wednesday, 7th October 2020, Bangladesh’s Cabinet announced that it would be considered an offense for anyone to import, produce, market or stock salt without registering beforehand.
The minister urged the House to send the bill to the concerned parliamentary standing committee for providing reports with seven days.