No sign of eliminating discrimination in budget: Sujan
Published : Monday, 25 June, 2018 at 5:30 PM Count : 4536
The proposed budget 2018-19 will facilitate a vested quarter to continue its plundering as no sign of eliminating deprivation is visible in the budget, said Sushasoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) Secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar.
Sujan secretary said, "We always talk about discrimination but there is no sign about eliminating the deprivation. The budget will facilitate a vested quarter to commit looting."
He came up with the comment at a round table meeting titled 'Proposed budget 2018-19: Citizens' Musing' organized by Sujan at National Press Club on Sunday.
Former Bangladesh Bank (BB) Governor Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed presented keynote paper while former Caretaker Government Advisor Dr M Hafizuddin Khan presided over the meeting.
Regarding allotment for education and health in the proposed budget, Sujon secretary said, "Other countries increase budget allotment for education and health sectors, but we are decreasing allotment in the sectors gradually. This is alarming."
The budget allocation for education sector has been kept 11.41 percent in the current fiscal year which was 12.06 percent in the last FY, he said. Can we make a well educated nation by such allotment, he questioned.
Badiul Alam mentioned the 0.92 percent budget allocation for health sector as frustrating.
About money laundering, he said no initiative has been discussed in the proposed budget to stop money laundering and smuggling out of assets.