The BNP thinks that the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 has completely failed in adopting an overall plan to restore normalcy and survival of the people during the epidemic. In a word, this budget did not reflect the hopes and aspirations of the people of Bangladesh.
Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the remarks while addressing the party’s response to the proposed budget at the BNP chairperson’s political office in Gulshan on Friday morning.
Mirza Fakhrul said, ‘The people of this government have no accountability. For that, there is no need to make ordinary people who are more in number, eat day by day happy. If you make them happy, their corruption will continue, that is what they have done. It has been according to their characteristics. We want an economy to ensure good governance and accountability, which is missing in this budget.
The BNP secretary general said it was possible to formulate a ‘budget of people’s aspirations’ in the country only by establishing an elected democratic government that is non-discriminatory, people-friendly, welfare-oriented and accountable. He said, “There is no direction in the proposed budget for the people to overcome the Corona epidemic crisis. The finance minister has titled this year’s budget, “On the way to a strong future with priority on livelihood.” The budget has been given for the people. Sounds good to hear. But there is no specific proposal of cash to save the life and livelihood of the people who eat day in and day out in the budget. Here we are talking about old faulty bank loans. The expected incentives for the extremely poor and workers have been neglected in this budget. In many countries the incentive allocation has been 10 to 20 percent. But the government’s allocation there is less than 2 percent. ”
Commenting on this as a ‘public incentive’, Fakhrul said, “The small amount of money allocated in the name of expansion in the social security sector is very inadequate. No announcement has been made to include the middle class in the social security sector, which has disappointed the middle class.
In the proposed budget, the BNP secretary general expressed his displeasure over the allocation of assistance to the unemployed and people from urban to rural areas, development of human resources and allocation in the education sector.
Highlighting the allocation in the proposed budget for the health sector, Mirza Fakhrul said, “Even though so much has been said about the health sector, the allocation in this sector is within that 1 percent of GDP.” It’s very sad. This allocation will not meet the demand in the health sector. The health sector needs to allocate 5 percent of GDP. No specific roadmap for corona vaccination has been announced. The government has promised to vaccinate 2.5 million people a month. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
Regarding the allocation in the budget for the SME sector, he said, the highest employment is in this sector. But the big industrial owners got the encouragement of the government.
Referring to inflation, the BNP general secretary said, “The prices of essential commodities in the market have gone beyond the purchasing power of the people long ago.” Inflation averaged 5.56 percent in April. This year’s budget is 5.3 percent. These goals are not realistic. There is no similarity between the projection of the government and the reality. People are feeling the adverse effects of this. ‘
He demanded the repeal of the proposed tax in the fisheries sector in the budget and an increase in the income of individual taxpayers up to Tk 5 lakh.
Regarding corporate concessions, the BNP secretary general said, He himself is a businessman. The middle class is disappointed in the budget, happy business community.
Nazrul Islam Khan, a member of the party’s standing committee at the press conference, the chairperson’s adviser Advocate Syed. Shamsul Alam, Organizing Secretary Emran Saleh Prince, Information and Research Secretary Riaz Uddin Nasu and Chairperson’s Private Secretary ABM Abdus Sattar were present.