Lawmakers from treasury and opposition benches on Monday expressed dissatisfaction over slow implementation rate of the annual development programme, for disorder in the banking sector and keeping scope for legalising undisclosed money.
While taking part in the general discussion on proposed budget for 2019-20 fiscal, they also demanded a review of decision to legalise black money, supplementary duty tax on phone calls and import duty on smart phone.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu demanded scrapping of scope of legalising black money as the decision was ‘anti constitutional in spirit and unethical’.
‘Scope of legalising undisclosed money failed to yield any benefit in the past 10 years. It has no positive influence on economy,’ Inu said, adding only Khaleda Zia and Dr Kamal Hossain had legalised their undisclosed money.
He said that the government should publish a list of people who had legalised their black money.
He also demanded forming of a commission on banking sector to bring order in the sector. ‘Initiative for amending laws related to banks and mergers of banks are immediately needed,’ he added.
‘Bangladesh Bank has legal power to control all banks. Let the central bank exercise its power independently until the commission on banking is formed,’ he said.
He also demanded cancellation of additional 5 per cent supplementary duty tax on phone calls and import duty on smart phone.
‘Increasing tax at source to 10 per cent from 5 percent on family savings certificates will have a negative impact. Imposing tax on online and ride sharing was unfortunate and these decisions should be reviewed,’ he said.
Education minister Dipu Moni said that education for creating more skilled manpower will be possible with the current allocation for education sector.
She said that all eligible educational institutions that have met the criteria would be brought under monthly pay order system.
BNP lawmaker Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan was critical of some budgetary measures saying implementation of this highly ambitious budget would be a big challenge. He also asked the government to rein in the bank defaulters.
Treasury bench MP Saber Hossain Chowdhury urged the government to introduce ‘unemployment allowance’ to relieve the frustration of the unemployed.
He also urged the government to recognise the unpaid work of women to the economy and take measures for its inclusion in the national GDP.
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