Workers Party of Bangladesh on Thursday demanded a review of the proposed budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year.
Rashed Khan Menon, president of the party, at a virtual press conference said that the budget would not be able to tackle the fragile economic situation of the country during the ongoing and post-COVID period. He also said that the budget would serve the purposes of the rich and would not eradicate the problems of the common and poor people.
Workers Party raised a 13-point demand that included– increasing allocation in health sector, giving separate allocations for helping the poor affected during the COVID-19 situation, committing radical changes in health sector, bringing the private hospitals under government control for ensuring treatment for all, stopping job cuts in garment and others mills and factories, solving the crisis in the state-owned jute mills without handing those over to the private sector, increasing allocations in education and agriculture sector, dropping taxes on mobile and internet, stopping corruptions in the banking sector, and taking initiatives to bring back the huge amount of money siphoned from the country.
Rashed Khan Menon said that his party was already holding political programmes opposing the failures of the government.
General secretary of the party, Fazle Hossain Badsha, who conducted the press conference, said that he had opposed some sections of the proposed budget taking part in the budget discussion at the Parliament recently.
Politburo members of the party Ansur Rahman Mollick, Sushanta Das, Mustafa Lutfullah, Hazera Sultana, Mahmudul Hasan Manik, Nur Ahmed Bakul, Quamrul Ahsan and others attended the press conference.
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