Budget to take country forward: Lawmakers

SANGSAD BHABAN, June 12, 2018 : Lawmakers participating in the
national budget discussion today said the proposed national budget for 2018-
19 fiscal would boost the economy and take the country forward and building
the Sonar Bangla dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

At the same time, they said the mega budget also playing a significant role by
maintaining the continuity of development and helping transform the country
into a developed one by 2041.

Taking part in the general discussion on the budget discussion on the first day
in the house, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan said the mega budget is pro-
people as Awami League always ensures common people’s interest.

He hoped that after implementation of the budget the country would not only
progress to a middle-income country by 2021, adding, “We would build a
happy, prosperous, pollution-free and developed country under the leadership
of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

Describing the development activities of the government, the Shipping Minister
said “we have taken an initiative to excavate the Brahmaputra River at the
northern region which would help to open a commercial channel with the
neighbouring India.”

Opposition lawmaker Mohammad Noman, however, criticized the mega budget
of the government as the budget usually a deficit budget at all.
Terming the budget as a successful one, Nazmul Haq Prodhan said Bangladesh
has already incurred significant development under the leadership of Sheikh
Hasina, so the world has taken Bangladesh as the role model in development.

Treasury bench members Mahmood-us-Samad Chowdhury, Khalid Mahmood
Chowdhury, Enamul Haque, Israfil Alam, Qazi Rozi and opposition lawmaker
Shamim Haider Patwary also took part in the general discussion on budget.

On June 7, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed a Taka 4,645.73
billion national budget for 2018-19 fiscal setting the GDP growth target at 7.8
percent and detailing a set of programmes to transform the country into a role
model of modern and welfare state by 2041.

Earlier, the lawmakers paid rich tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members who were
assassinated on August 15, 1975 and all martyred during the War of Liberation
in 1971.