Treasury-bench lawmakers on Tuesday asked the government to put all-out efforts into realising loans and bringing back siphoned money.
Speaking on the proposed supplementary budget, the lawmakers also urged the government to take stern action for being loan defaulters willingly.“The government should apply all kind of processes in realising loans. If anybody becomes a loan defaulter willingly, they must be brought to book,” Awami League lawmaker Ali Ashraf told the House with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
He sought Bangladesh Bank’s stern role so that loan defaulters cannot siphon off money.
“Money has been siphoned off in various ways. I hope the finance minister will take move to check siphoning off of the money,” he said.
The lawmaker was critical of the central bank authorities as none was made accountable after a reserve heist.
“Some reserve has been heist but none is yet to be made accountable. It is unfortunate,” he said.
“It is the money of the public. The state ensures security to the banks. So, measures should be taken,” he added.Speaking on the proposed budget, AL lawmaker Abdul Mannan told parliament that BNP lawmakers once again started debating over the proclamation of the country’s independence.
Speaking on the supplementary budget, two BNP MPs — Harunur Rashid and Rumeen Farhana — claimed Ziaur Rahman as the proclaimer of the independence.
They also raised question over the legitimacy of the current Parliament, saying that their joining would not ascertain its validity.
Responding to their claim, Mannan threw a challenge to BNP lawmakers to prove their claim.
“If they can come with a proof in parliament that Ziaur Rahman proclaimed the independence I must resign from parliament,” he said.
Over the BNP’s demand for Khaleda Zia’s release, Mannan said that people knew that on which reason Khaleda Zia went to jail.
“Her release is not a fact of parliament or politics. It is a matter of corruption,” he said, adding that the BNP acting chairman, who was also awarded punishment for corruption, is now in London.
“If he (Tarique) wants to do politics, ask him to face the court,” he said, advising them to do positive politics.
Over the legitimacy of the current parliament, he said, “If this parliament is illegal, why have they joined parliament?”
Habibe Millat, Pankaj Debnath, Saifuzzaman Shekhar, Syeda Rubina Akhter and BNP lawmaker Mosharraf Hossain, among others, also spoke on the proposed budget.