Proposed budget to lead country into highway of prosperity: Lawmakers

SANGSAD BHABAN, Lawmakers today said the proposed

budget for 201920 will turn the country into the gateway to the prosperity

through strengthening its economy within stipulated period.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal on June 13 in the House rolled out a

Taka 5,23,190 crore national budget for 201920 fiscal setting the GDP growth

target at 8.2 percent and delineating a set of programmes to transform the

country into a role model of modern and welfare state by 2041.

Taking part in on the general discussion on the fiscal plan in the Jatiya

Sangsad, they said the proposed budget would turn the country to the

prosperity through developing the various sector and strengthening the

economy of the country.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman earlier introduced the mission to turn

the country into a prosperous one immediately after the independenceand

now his daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is struggling to fulfill

Bangabandhu's dream, said senior ruling party leader Matia Chowdhury.

After the assassination of Bangabandhu, Matia Chowdhury said, military

ruler Ziaur Rahman had created anarchy and looting in the economy by

introducing a slogan 'money is not a problem', but the incumbent Prime

Minister is trying to reshuffle the economy.

In 200506, country's foreign reserve was only US$ 3.5 billion while it was

US$ 33 billion in 201718 fiscal, said the former minister, adding that

country's import was US$ 14.7 billion in 200506 fiscal while it was US$ 58.9

billion in 201718 fiscal.

Congratulating the initiative to launch 'crop insurance' in the proposed

budget, Matia Chowdhury said the introduction of the crop insurance in the

proposed budget is a great initiative, but the government should be more

careful on implementation of the programme.

Bitterly criticizing the comment on the proposed budget as a highly

ambitious one, Housing and Public Works Minister SM Rezaul Karim said the

budget is a timebefitting and propeople one.

The budget will eliminate discrimination among the people and ensure

prosperity for the people of all strata, said State Minister for Civil

Aviation and Tourism Mahbub Ali.

Taking part in the budget speech, food minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder

said the proposed budget will fulfill the expectations of the people.

Workers Party lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badsha, however criticized the

proposed budget saying it has encouraged the economic liberalism and

disparity as the proposed budget has patronized only 5 per cent rich people

in the country.

But around 95 per cent people including middle, lower middle class people,

poor, indigenous and people living in the char lands have been grossly

ignored in the proposed budget, said the workers party leader.

Treasury bench member Mir Mostaque Ahmed Robi, Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury,

Meher Afroz Chumki, Anwarul Abedin Khan, Abdus Sobhan Miah,Benjir Ahmed,

Shahidul Islam Bakul, Enamul Haque,Waseqa Ayesha Khan, Aparajita Haque,

Gonoforum lawmaker Mukabbir Khan, Jatiya Party lawmaker Kazi Firoz Rashid,

Salma Islam and Barrister Shameem Haider Patwary, took part in the

discussion.

Earlier, they paid their cordial tribute to the memory of Father of the

Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, martyred

freedom fighters and also those who made their utmost sacrifices during the

War of Liberation and all subsequent democratic movements in the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)