Proposed budget inclined to the rich, Menon tells JS

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:28, Jun 25,2018


Rashed Khan Menon. -- New Age file photo

Workers Party of Bangladesh president and social welfare minister Rashed Khan Menon on Monday said the proposed budget for fiscal year 2018-19 is inclined towards the rich.

Speaking on the proposed budget in parliament, Menon criticised the government for providing scopes for the rich while it reduced facilities for the common people.

‘I said the 2009-2010 budget was pro-poor and pro-people. Since then the budget has been inclining to the rich. This year’s budget opens more scopes for the rich,’ Menon said.

Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith placed the proposed Tk 4.64 lakh crore budget for 2018-2019 fiscal.

Menon slammed the government for massive mismanagement in the banking sector.

‘Rampant looting has been taking place in the banking sector. The common people are paying for it as capital has been providing to the banks from the taxed money,’ he said.

He also criticised the government for amending the banking company law allowing four members of a family to sit on the board of a private bank.

The proposed budget will also help the rich to be richer and poor to be poorer, Menon said.

The social welfare minister demanded proper implementation of the wage board award in the state owned mills and factories.

He also advised the government for announcing a new wage board award for the garment sector.

Lauding the ongoing anti-drug drive, Menon said ‘encounter’ in the name of ‘gunfights’ is not a solution to address the drug menace.

‘Social resistance should have to be raised to address the drug menace,’ he said.

Calling for bringing the drug peddlers and godfathers to book, he demanded confiscating their property.

He also requested the prime minister to give directive to the lawmen to launch drive against corruption.

He said ruling party activists’ grabbing of property, misbehave with people, tender manipulation, bribing and rampant corruption have made the people annoyed. 

The ruling Awami League MPs Emajuddin Pramanik, HN Asikur Rahman, Sahara Khatun, Abul Kalam Azad, AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Jatiya Party MP Lily Hasnat Chowdhury and others took part in the discussion till filing the report at 7:00pm.

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