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Tk 1,621cr proposed for foreign affairs

DHAKA, An allocation of Taka 1,621 crore has been

made in the budget proposed for 201920 fiscal for Foreign Affairs Ministry

to mainly mitigate expenditures of Bangladesh missions abroad.

The allocation in the proposed budget is Taka 219 crore more than the

revised budget of 201819 fiscal that was Taka 1,402 crore. The proposed

budget of the fiscal 201819 for foreign affairs ministry was Taka 1,250

crore.

Of the total Taka 1,621 crore, Taka 121 crore will be spent under the

Annual Development Programme (ADP) and Taka 1,499 crore under nondevelopment

sector.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the announcement while placing the

budget for the new financial year before the Jatiya Sangsad today.

At his speech, the finance minister mentioned the issue regarding Rohingya

crisis and said the displaced Rohingyas, who escaped from Myanmar to save

their lives from torture, oppression and ethnic cleansing, have been given

shelter in Bangladesh as a humanitarian gesture.

Following the directions of Honourable Prime Minister, bilateral

discussions have been continuing to ensure safe, dignified and permanent

repatriation of displaced Rohingyas to their homeland, he said.

Bangladesh has been providing all necessary physical support services,

including food, housing, health and other emergency services, to over 1.1

million Rohingyas, Kamal said.

Bangladesh has been efficiently doing massive work of providing health

and other emergency services including provisioning of residential

facilities, supply of drinking water, installation of sanitary latrines and

building roads for Rohingya population, he added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)