Chapter 6

The National Authority

23. The National Authority.—(1) For the purposes of this Act, there shall be a national authority to be called as "Bangladesh National Authority, Chemical Weapons Convention" under this Act.

  • (2) The National Authority shall consist of the following members, namely—
    • (a) Principal Staff Officer of the Armed Forces Division, who shall also be its Chairman;
    • (b) One representative not below the rank of member nominated by the National Board of Revenue;
    • (c) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
    • (d) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs;
    • (e) One representative not beiow the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of HomeAffairs;
    • (f) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Defense;
    • (g) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Industry;
    • (h) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Commerce;
    • (i) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Science and Information and Communication Technology;
    • (j) One representative not below the rank of Joint-Secretary nominated by the Ministry of Agriculture;
    • (k) Chairman, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission or one representative nominated by him;
    • (I) Chairman, Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (BCSIR) or a representative nominated by him;
    • (m) Chairman, Bangladesh Chemical Industry Corporation or a representative nominated by him;
    • (n) One representative in the rank of Brigadier General nominated by Bangladesh Army;
    • (o) One representative in the rank of Commodore nominated by Bangladesh Navy;
    • (p) One representative in the rank of Air Commodore nominated by Bangladesh Air Force;
    • (q) One representative in the rank of Director, Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries;
    • (r) Director of Executive Cell, who shall also be the Secretary of National Authority

24. Function of the National Authority.—The functions of the National Authority under thisAct shall be as follows-

  • (a) to keep ail kinds of liaison underthis Convention for the purpose ofthisAct;
  • (b) to ensure proper implementation of thisAct;
  • (c)t o perform duties applicable on the part of Bangladesh under this Convention;
  • (d) to take measuresfor inspection in any facility and place in Bangladesh according to the Verification Annex;
  • (e) to arrange training, for the officers and employees including other concerned officers and employees for the purpose of carrying out the functions of the Authority efficiently;
  • (f) to arrange and administer national and international seminar, symposium, conference and work-shop with a view to create awareness among the people;
  • (g) to take necessary measuresfor protection ofsensitive establishment not related with the Convention;
  • (h) to carry out other obligations under the Convention;
  • (i) to advise the Government to nominate permanent representative of Bangladesh in the Headquarters ofthe Organisation;
  • (j) to do all such acts and thingsincidental to any ofthe aforesaid functions.

25. Meeting of the National Authority.—(1) There shall be held at least one meeting of the National Authority in every six months: Provided that, in case of emergency, if necessary, with the consent of the Chairman, meeting can be convened by giving a 7 (Seven) days notice.

  • (2) All meetings of the National Authority shall be held at such time and place as may be determined by its Chairman.
  • (3) Subject to other provisions of thissection, the National Authority shall determine the procedure of its meeting.
  • (4) All meetings of the National Authority shall be presided over by the Chairman and in his absence, the senior member present in the meeting.
  • (5) One-third of the members of the National Authority shall constitute a quorum at its meeting

26. Committee.—(1) The National Authority may, if necessary, constitute one or more committees to assist to carry out itsfunctions

  • (2) Every committee under sub-section (1), shall consist of such number of members as the Authority may prescribe and the National Authority may determine the responsibilities ofsuch committee.

27. Delegation of power.—The National Authority, if necessary, by a written order delegate any of its powers under this Act or rules made thereunder to its any member or officer.

28. Executive Cell and its officer and employees.—(1) To carry out the functions of the National Authority there shall be an Executive Cell to be called the Chemical Weapons Prohibition and Disarmament Cell National Authority, of which a Director shall be the Chief.

  • (2) The Executive Cell shall be responsible for implementing the decision of the National Authority.
  • (3) The Director shall be the chief executive of the Executive Cell and shall be appointed by the Government.
  • (4) The Government shall determine the terms and conditions of the service of the Director.
  • (5) The Executive Cell may, in the manner prescribed by rules, appoint such number of officers and other employees as it thinks necessary for carrying out the functions of the National Authority efficiently.
  • (6) Until a Director is appointed under sub-section (3), any officer in the rank of a Director of Armed Forces Division in the Prime Minister's Office nominated by the Principal Staff Officer of Armed Forces Division shall act as the Director.
  • (7) Until officers and employees under sub-section (5) are appointed, the requisite number of officers and employees, from among the existing officers and employees of Armed Forces Division in the Prime Minister's Office, nominated by the Government, shall carry out the functions of the National Authority and the said officers and employees shall work under the Director.
  • (8) In appointing the Director under sub-section (3), officers and employees, advice of the Chairman may be taken, if necessary

29. Expenditure of the Executive Cell.—All the expenses of the Executive Cell shall be met from the budget of Armed Forces Division.

30. The Power of the National Authority to issue direction.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Act and the rules made thereunder, the National Authority may, for carrying out its functions, issue written direction to any person.

  • (2) Any person being directed under this section shall be bound to carry out such direction.
  • (3) The National Authority may in its order issued under this section fix the time for carrying out the relevant works.