Budget imaginary, paper-based: BNP

Staff Correspondent

5 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said the proposed national budget for 2021-22 fiscal year is “clear hypocrisy and paper-based”.

“The hypocrisy of this year’s budget is clear in the words of the proposed budget titled ‘Bangladesh towards a resilient future protecting lives and livelihoods. It is an imaginary and paper-based budget. It is not implementable,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.

The BNP secretary general came up with the statement at a press conference about the party’s formal reaction about the budget, at the party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office in the capital on Friday.

Mentioning that people’s normal life has become inactive for the last 18 months due to coronavirus situation, he said people have been deceived in the proposed budget through placing economic theories and huge number of financial presentation.

“The proposed budget is a complete failure to adopt an ongoing health plan to restore the normal pace of human life and ensure survival during the pandemic,” the BNP leader said.

He said though people’s health and social safety is most necessary at this moment, health and social safety was not given highest allocation in the national budget.

There is no guideline in the proposed budget to protect people from Covid-19 crisis. It is only a budget to maintain continuation of corruption, he said.

The government shows no accountability towards the people. There is no reflection of people’s interest in the budge. It did not try to consider the people as poor, ultra-poor and middle-class, he said.

Mirza Fakhrul said that the government made the budget to make those people happy who would help them to continue corruption.

“I am concerned that there is no clear roadmap to ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the overall implementation of the budget,” he said.

The budget did not ensure good governance and accountability by stopping waste and mismanagement, he commented.  “This year’s budget should not be a budget of sum up only. The budget should have been a guideline for Bangladesh’s economic policy in the future and a budget for economic recovery,” he added.