People from different strata of the society have hailed the proposed budget for 2020-2021 fiscal year for eyeing to decrease tax on food and other essential products, revitalising agriculture and boosting employment.
They termed the budget unveiled in the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday 'an important step towards saving the life and economy amid the corona pandemic'.All sections of people are expected to benefit from price fall of food and essential items, price hike of luxurious products and investment of undisclosed money proposed in the upcoming budget, businessmen and other stakeholders said.
Besides, the budget proposal to expand social safety net bringing more poor, elderly and disabled persons under monthly allowance scheme will be of great help.
It was very difficult for a country like Bangladesh to design budget balancing all sides under the given circumstances. But the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has done the tremendous job.
Impetus for agriculture production, employment and allowance for poor, elderly and disabled has been beautifully matched with proposing to patronise industrial and business sectors to protect life and economy both.
Talking to the Daily Sun, Md Sirajul Islam, a teacher of a renowned high school in Mirpur, said, “I am impressed with the proposed budget which aims at protecting all sectors. I hope Bangladesh will overcome the crisis if the budget comes into effect.”
Abdur Razzak, a co-owner of a construction company in Baridhara area, said the realtors are in trouble as people are not buying plots and flats amid the corona outbreak.Terming the proposed budget a way-out, he said many people in possession of undisclosed money will be encouraged to buy plot and flat now.
“We have large investment. Corona has not only damaged construction business but also unemployed 60 lakh workers. Livelihood of their family members and education of their children are affected. If the sector returns to usual business, workers will get back job and innumerable poor families will survive,” he said.
Monir Hossain, a grocer, said “I am a direct witness to the economic hardship of the commoners. Many customers made good transaction before corona, but now they are unable to pay dues and survive.”
Welcoming the proposed budget, he said the people will benefit from the upcoming proposals if they come into effect.
Raziv, who is involved in selling car tyre, wheel ring and battery in Baridhara area of the capital, appreciated the budget proposing to hike price of his business items.
“Like other businessmen, I was also affected by the corona hardship. Initially, countermen were afraid of the deadly virus. Many car owners and affluent customers refrained from buying tyres and other accessories. I could not even pay rent to the ship-owner.”
Gradually, customers managed to cast away fear and started to buy car accessories as personal vehicle plays important role in maintaining social distancing, he said.
Nasima Begum, who used to work as housemaid in Kuril area and now at village home in Sylhet, is optimistic about returning to Dhaka after corona is over. She welcomed the budget which will be conducive for survival of poor people.
“My husband was a construction worker. I used to work as housemaid in Kuril area. Income of both of us was affected amid the corona. Now, we are at village home in Sylhet due to the economic hardship. We hope to come back to Dhaka again and resume work.”