Proposed National Budget 2019-20

Tk 1,496cr proposed for environment

Staff Correspondent

14 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The government has allocated Tk 1,496 crore for the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20.

The allocation was Tk 1,340 crore in the revised budget of fiscal 2018-19.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal proposed the allocation while placing the budget for fiscal 2019-20 in parliament on Thursday.

In the proposed allocation, Tk 820 crore will be spent for the operating purpose while Tk 676 crore for the development sector.

In his budget speech, Kamal said the government has formulated the ‘National Environment Policy 2018’ to ensure sustainable development through the protection of environment, containing pollution, protection of biodiversity and tackling the adverse impact of climate.

Steps have been taken to conduct research for projection of sea level rise in the coastal areas of Bangladesh and its impact on agriculture, water resources and infrastructure, the finance minister said.

He said the government has enacted Brick Making and Kiln Establishment (Control) Act, 2019 to reduce air pollution.