PM’s economic package covers all: Hasan

Staff Correspondent

6 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said all people have been brought under the stimulus package given by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to overcome the possible coronavirus impact on the country’s economy. 

“Every people hailed the package declaration which brings all people- from beggar to industrialist- under the stimulus package to overcome the possible impact on the economy,” he said through a video conference from his residence in the capital.

Every people congratulated the declaration as the prime minister brought all people, including labours, baggers, small and medium industry owners, under the economic package, he said.

The information minister said the government is relentlessly working to protect lives and ensure livelihood of every people of the country.  

“We firmly believe that Bangladesh will become a role model before the world to combat coronavirus through proper implementation of the economic package declared by Bangabandhu’s daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said, adding that the government already began distributing food free of cost.

Hasan, also a joint general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said Bangladesh declared Tk 727.50 billion, which is nearly 2.52 percent of GDP while India had declared 0.8 percent of their GDP.

The economic package of Bangladesh is nearly 8.66 billion US dollar,” he added.

The information minister said Bangladesh’s premier had already taken various pragmatic steps to protect the country’s people from the COVID-19 impact.

“We have kept the virus under control through our proper and time befitting steps,” he said. Hasan said the government has taken a plan of Tk 6.80 billion to distribute as cash among three million more families.

Besides, the government’s notable programmes are distributing food materials free of cost, selling rice at Taka 10 per kg, distributing cash among targeted communities, widening the coverage of the old-age allowance, widow allowance and allowance for the women oppressed by husbands to cent percent in 100 most poverty-prone upazilas of the country, he added.