Ensure transparency in budget implementation

BIJF urges govt

Staff Correspondent

24 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Media professionals in a programme have said that maintaining transparency is a major challenge in implementing the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2019-20.

They were addressing a press briefing on the post budget analysis at Janata Tower Hi-Tech Park in the capital’s Karwan Bazar area on Sunday.

In the programme, the speakers also claimed by saying that the lack of supervision foils the impact of increased allocation in the budget.

Bangladesh ICT Journalist Forum (BIJF), largest platform of media professionals in technology sector, organised the programme.President of the association Mojahedul Islam chaired the programem while its General Secretary Hasan Jakir presented key note paper.

Though, the speakers appreciated the govt’s increased allocation for technology sector in the propose budget.

The speakers said the govt has increased allocation for technology sector by allocating Tk 15,773 crore for the upcoming fiscal year which was below Tk 500 crore ten years ago.

Besides, they hoped that the increased amount will pave the way in building the country as Digital Bangladesh.

BIJF members also recommended for reconsidering the proposed duty increase for smart phone import and electronic trading for next two fiscals for shake of growths in technology sector.

The government plans to raise the customs duty on smart phones to 25 percent from the existing 10 percent from the next fiscal year.

Senior members of the association – Abdul Haque Anu, Pallab Mohaimen, Abdul Wahed Tomal also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, vice president Naznin Nahar, joint secretary general Mostafizur Rahman Shohag, organising secretary Haseeb Rahman, treasurer Enamul Karim, research secretary Jannatul Islam Rahad, executive members Mizanur Rahman Sohel and Rahitul Islam Ruel were present.