Housing and public works minister Mosharraf Hossain in the Parliament on Monday advocated allowing more restaurants and bars to serve alcoholic drinks across the country.
‘There are a lot of restaurants and bars in the city where foreigners go for having alcoholic drinks. Why will they serve alcoholic drinks without permit and paying tax,’ he said while participating in the general discussion on proposed budget for 2018-19 fiscal in the Parliament.
About increasing bar license, the housing minister said, ‘Currently, there are only 96 licensed bars in the country while thousands of illegal bars are operating their businesses. So, the government should provide licenses to those restaurants and bars and impose tax on those.’
He also said that the government should reduce the customs duty on the alcoholic drinks for the sake of flourishing tourism in Bangladesh.
‘Foreigners do not like purchasing alcoholic drinks paying extra charge which is one of the obstacles in the way of developing the tourism sector of the country,’ he added.
Hossain also requested the finance minister AMA Muhith to reduce the proposed 15 per cent registration tax on apartments to seven per cent for boosting up the real estate sector of the country.
Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury chaired the session.
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