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Muhith under fire in Parliament again

Muhith under fire in Parliament againDhaka, June 21 : Opposition MP Pir Fazlur Rahman on Thursday harshly criticised Finance Minister AMA Muhith in Parliament for what he said protecting those involved in plundering banks and the share market.

Taking part in general discussions on the proposed budget for 2018-19 fiscal year, he also came down hard on Muhith for not disclosing the names of bank looters and not mentioning anything in his budget speech about the formation of a banking commission as per his pre-budget commitment.

“Will the Finance Minister give shelter to those involved in bank lootings and share market scam?” said Fazlur Rahman, MP from Sunamganj-4 constituency.

The Jatiya Party MP also questioned as to why Muhith is not making public the names of those involved in looting banks and the stocks.

He alleged that the Finance Minister has allocated Tk 1,500 crore in the name of Equity Investment Fund for banks to create scope for bank looters. “It can’t be accepted that some people will plunder public money in the name of loan and you’ll provide capital for banks from public money.”

About the formation of a banking commission, Fazlur said, “Before placing the budget, he (Muhith) had promised to form a commission for reforms in the banking sector. But he later backtracked from his position. Why don’t you want to constitute the commission? You aren’t willing to do it as the names of those involved in plundering will be exposed.”

He also slammed Muhith for not making public the report of Dr Farasuddin-led probe committee on the Bangladesh Bank’s reserve heist. “The nation wants to know who were behind it.”

The opposition MP also questioned why the Finance Minister did not present the Ibrahim Khaled-led investigation body’s report on the share market scam.

He said the mega budget will not be able to ensure a balanced development in the country if the government cannot check corruption and ensure good governance.

Some other opposition and ruling party MPs also criticised Muhith and Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid for not keeping any allocation in the budget for bringing new educational institutions under the monthly payment order (MPO) scheme.

Jatiya Party MP Nurul Islam Talukder (Bogura-3) said the Finance Minister has given insufficient allocation to the Education Ministry though the government claims itself as an education-friendly one.

He said though the present government has done many things for the development of the education sector, it did not bring educational institutions under the MPO facilities.

The Jatiya Party MP said the Education Minister has passed five years only talking about making a guideline for enrolling educational institutions in the MPO scheme.

He asked the education minister as to why the teachers need to take to the streets leaving classrooms with their demand for enrolling their educational institutions in the MPO system.

Nurul Islam urged Nahid to take immediate steps for including educational institutions in the MPO.

Jatiya Party (Monju) MP Ruhul Amin (Kurigram-4) said no allocation is kept in the proposed budget for enrolling educational institutions in the MPO system. “The system of including new educational institutions under the MPO has been suspended since 2011.”

Despite fulfilling all the conditions, he said, no educational institution was included under the MPO system for lack of budgetary allocation. “So, I urge the Finance Minister to keep an allocation in the budget for bringing educational institutions under MPO facilities,” the MP said.

Ruling party MP Mohibur Rahman Manik (Sunamganj-5) said the government should take steps to bring educational institutions under the MPO facilities since teachers have long been on a movement over the issue.

“I hope all the educational institutions will be enrolled in the MPO system during the new fiscal year,” he added.

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