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Eligible businessmen must get stimulus loans: Kamal

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Eligible businessmen must get stimulus loans: Kamal

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said all businessmen affected by the pandemic will receive benefits of the government’s stimulus packages.

“All the eligible businessmen will get support from the stimulus packages. They must get loan under the packages once they fulfill the related conditions,” he said.

The finance minister expected the misunderstanding surrounding the loans under stimulus packages would end.

He assured that if any businessman failed to avail a loan under the programme despite having eligibility, steps would be taken to resolve that.

The minister made remarks at an event of Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) on Saturday.

The assurance came in response to the allegations of some businessmen from across the countrythat they were not getting loans under the stimulus packages.

The finance minister was virtually talking to reporters after he emerged from two meetings of the Cabinet Committee of Government Purchase (CCGP) and Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA).

In reply to a question as to whether it is a right move to increase gas and electricity prices amid rising coronavirus infections as well as growing inflation, Kamal said he had little knowledge about the issue.

“No initiative has been taken from my part to increase the prices. I’m still ignorant about the matter. I can speak about this once I will be informed about the issue,” he said.

“Our government is people-oriented. We’ve to move forward along with our people. I think our journey won’t be disrupted. We’ll move forward,” the minister said.

Kamal’s attention was also drawn to the allegationsthat the businessmen are being harassed by the field-level VAT and customs officials.

He, however, said, “I have got no complaints about this. Steps will be taken against the responsible officials if any such allegations are made formally.”

Shrugging off the concerns of rising infections of Omicron variant,the finance minister said, “There is nothing to be too much worried about Omicron. We’ll be able to fight it also as we did earlier.”