Nominal allocation made for the poor: BNP

JP terms budget unrealistic

Staff Correspondent

4 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leaders have slammed the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 saying that a ‘nominal’ allocation has been made for impoverished people.

Party standing committee member Amir Khashru Mahmud Chowdhury said there is nothing in the proposed national budget for common people placed in parliament on Thursday.

“This is a budget intended to appease ruling Awami League’s men. This is meant to improve the fate of their men. There is nothing for the country’s ordinary people,” he told the Daily Sun.

He said the government has made most of the allocations for mega projects, leaving a ‘nominal’ allotment for needy people.

"The total allocation for each of 5 crore poor people won’t even stand at Tk 200," he said.

Another standing committee member of the party Abdul Moyeen Khan also lambasted the proposed budget.

“The budget for the fiscal year 2021-22 is dependent on loan. It will have to be implemented by taking out internal or foreign loan,” he said.

Syed Emran Saleh Prince, who is in charge of BNP office secretary, said party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir will come up with its formal reaction to the budget at a press conference at 11:00 am in Gulshan office today.

On the other hand, deputy leader of the opposition in parliament GM Quader, also the chairman of Jatiya Party (JP), termed the proposed national budget imaginary, fictitious and unrealistic.

“It is not possible to implement the proposed national budget. There is a huge deficit in the budget. It needs to undergo a massive change,” he said.