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Dev Budget

Transport, communication sector gets highest allocation

Shahin Akhter | Published: 01:15, Jun 12,2020

 
 

The allocation for the transport and communication sector in the development budget in the proposed national budget for 2020-21 fiscal was the highest for the 8th consecutive year.

In the new fiscal, percentage-wise allocation for the sector in the development budget is 25.2 per cent.

The percentage however decreased this year as it was 26.1 per cent in the outgoing fiscal.

Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the proposed national budget of Tk 5,68,000 crore with the annual development programme allocation of Tk 2,15,043 crore in Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday for the upcoming fiscal.

In the budget, a proposal was placed to allocate Tk 54,238 crore for road transport and highways division, railways ministry, shipping ministry, civil aviation and tourism ministry, posts and telecommunication division and bridges division in the development budget, for which the allocation was Tk 55,210 crore in the last development budget.

The minister proposed to allocate Tk 64,580 crore for the communication infrastructure sector in the budget for 2020-21 fiscal which was Tk 64,821 crore in the outgoing fiscal.

Since 2013-14 fiscal, allocation for the transport and communication sector was highest in the development budget.

In 2013-14 fiscal, allocation for the sector was 23.9 per cent.

Before that, the highest allocation was given to the local government and rural development sector.

Mustafa proposed an allocation of Tk 24,825 crore, or 11.5 per cent of the development budget, for the road transport and highways division, Tk 12,491 crore, or 5.8 per cent of the development budget, for railways ministry, Tk 3,265 crore, or 1.51 per cent of the development budget, for shipping ministry, Tk 3,629 crore, or 1.68 per cent of the development budget, for civil aviation and tourism ministry, Tk 7,973 crore, or 3.7 per cent of the development budget, for bridges division and Tk 2,050 crore, or 0.95 per cent of the development budget for posts and telecommunication division.

In the budget speech the minister said that the government was implementing some projects for upgrading 1,140 kilometres important regional highways to standard wider and upgraded district highways.

In the outgoing fiscal, the railways constructed 25 kilometres rail lines and 30 rail bridges, refurbished 25 kilometres rail lines, reconstructed 14 rail bridges, procured 136 passengers carriages, introduced six trains and expanded services of four trains, he continued.

For improving waterways, as he added, capital dredging and other activities to increase navigability have been taken up on 53 routes of inland waterways.

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