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Finance ministry hires disinfection devices

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:32, Jun 01,2020


Finance ministry has hired five disinfection devices to ensure the supply of coronavirus-free documents in parliament during the forthcoming budget session scheduled to begin on June 10, said the finance division officials.

They are hired from a government security force and will be installed in parliament to disinfect hundreds of budget documents which will be supplied to the members of parliament during the announcement of new budget.

On June 11, finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is scheduled to announce the national budget for 2020-21 fiscal years in parliament with the parliament secretariat already taking steps to prioritise the social distancing and other rules in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Parliament secretariat secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan said that they had already planned to arrange a brief budget session skipping elaborate discussion on budget proposals.

Even the chance for inviting economists, businesspeople, bankers, foreign diplomats and news people to parliament during the budget placement is very slim, he said.

The finance division officials calculated that at least 10 minutes were required to make a set of germ-free budget document to be given to the MPs.

They said one-third of the total MPs were likely to be asked to join the session.

Finance ministry officials said that a traditional cabinet meeting at the Jatiya Sangsad hours before placing the budget proposals would also be a brief affair to be presided over by prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the morning.

Only a few ministers, including finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, and a handful of officials of the finance ministry will attend it, they said.

According to Finance Division officials, the supplementary budget is scheduled to be passed on June 16 and the finance bills 2020 on June 29.

The appropriation bill 2021 would be passed on June 30 bringing an end to the budget session.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic also hampered the traditional pre-budget discussions between the finance ministry and the stakeholders, including parliament members, economists, think-tanks and chamber bodies.

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