Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday termed the proposed budget a ‘pro-people’ one telling there is nothing pessimistic in it, but implementation of budget is always a challenge.
“The proposed budget is a ‘pro-people’ one. Implementation of budget is always a challenge and there is nothing pessimistic in it,” he said.Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges minister, was addressing a press conference at party president Sheikh Hasina’s political office at Dhanmondi in the capital.
He also termed the proposed budget “a positive one”, which is a unique document to fulfill the expectations of the people.
“Those who opposed the proposed budget, they are making imaginary comments due to wrath against the Awami League,” he said, adding that the budget is realistic, balanced, pro-people and prepared in consistence with the party’s election manifesto.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal presented the budget of Tk 523,190 crore for FY 2019-20 with a growth rate of 8.2 per cent at parliament on Thursday.
The ruling party leader said the next budget will expedite the country’s socio-economic development and economic growth.
“The proposed budget was placed in parliament aiming at welfare of the people of the country and it will further strengthen the sustainable economy,” he said.The AL leader opined that the proposed budget is a roadmap of the nation’s journey towards attainment of a middle-income country by 2021 as well as to materialise the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to turn the country into ‘Sonar Bangla’.
Terming the budget ‘a time-befitting one’, Quader said the government is relentlessly working to implement the plans maintaining continuity and in line with the Delta Plan.
He said a work plan has been taken to bring private sector under pension scheme and the budget proposed to give incentives on remittance of expatriates.
Terming the budget a humanitarian one, the minister said it has proposed to give allowances to the people with disabilities.
Besides, he said, the budget has allocations for youths for creating employment opportunities as well as entrepreneurs.
Regarding a comment from Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Quader said they (BNP) are falsifying and spreading propaganda. But they have no realisation about the extent of the budget given by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said, “The Awami League government has given 11 budgets after assuming power in 2011. And now the economy of the country has stood on a strong footing.”
AL leaders Dipu Moni, Ahmad Hossain, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Abdus Sobhan Golap, Ashim Kumar Ukil, Mrinal Kanti Das, Faridunnahar Laily, Harunur Rashid, Biplab Barua, Golam Rabbani Chinu and Marufa Akter Poppy, among others, were present at the press conference.