Proposed budget to satisfy all: PM

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:41, Jun 27,2018 | Updated: 23:16, Jun 27,2018

 
 

A file photo shows prime minister Sheikh Hasina speaks in parliament.-- UNB photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told parliament that interest of all groups had been protected through the proposed budget for 2018-2019 fiscal.
‘That is why nobody can criticise the budget critically. Bangladesh will march one step forward through the implementation of the budget,’ she said while speaking on the proposed budget with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
The leader of the house said that the budget was placed considering the betterment of all walks of people.
The PM said the usurper would not think of people as they would try to create an elite class to cling to power.
Terming the budget a fantastic one, the prime minister said the finance minister did not mention anything on the capital market.
‘Measures have been taken for improvement of the capital market. We have been providing assistance for flourishing the capital market,’ she said
The prime minister said her government took measures to bring order in the stock market.
‘Discipline will be maintained in the stock market so that the investors can invest there without hesitation,’ she assured.
Finance minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on June 7 placed Tk 4,64,573 crore  budget, which will be passed today.
Highlighting her government’s development activities, Hasina said they had been carrying out various development activities for the welfare of people.
‘Our development programmes are visible due to continuation of the government,’ she said.
Hasina, also president of the ruling Awami League, urged people to remain alert so that the country’s ongoing progress was not stalled.
‘We want the continuation of the government as our goal is to ensure the welfare of the people,’ she said.
The leader of the house said that the country was elevated to developing country status due to the government’s relentless work to place it in a dignified position.
‘We are on a par with India, China, South Africa, Qatar and Philippines,’ she said.
Thanking all political parties for cooperation for attaining the success, she said, ‘We have been placed in 42nd position in economic status.’
‘The investment has not been stalled rather the investment flow continues,’ she said.
Referring to the quota system in government jobs, the premier said a committee, led by cabinet secretary, was formed to reform it.
‘As the students do not want the quota system, I have dropped the quota system in government jobs. If anyone does not get job from the district level, none can blame me,’ she said.
She said, ‘The inflation has not risen during our time. We have kept the inflation under control by running the activities of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh.’
The inflation was at 5.8 per cent at present, she said. 
Over the ongoing anti-drug drive, the premier said the drive would continue despite criticism.
‘Drug abuse destroys a family. So, the drive will continue,’ she said.

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