Budget title shows clear hypocrisy: BNP

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has termed the government’s proposed budget for the fiscal 2021-22 as “clear hypocrisy”.

He said, “The proposed budget for FY 2021-22 is a complete failure to adopt an ongoing health plan to restore the normal pace of human life and ensure survival during the pandemic. It is nothing more than an unrealistic fiction and a budget on paper.”

Fakhrul made the comment in response to the party’s official reaction on national budget at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Friday morning.

“The hypocrisy of this year’s budget is clear in the words of the proposed budget titled ‘Bangladesh towards a resilient future protecting lives and livelihoods. Normalcy life has been disrupted for the last 18 months due to spread of Coronavirus. In the name of unplanned lockdown, the lives of lower and middle class people have finally come to a standstill. Therefore, without keeping in mind the livelihood of the people, only through various theories of economics and huge financial representations, one kind of deception has been practiced with the people,” said Fakhrul.

He said, “The proposed budget does not have guidelines to protect the people from the Coronavirus crisis. This is a budget to maintain the continuity of corruption.”

Mentioning that public interest in the budget neglected, the BNP secretary general said, “The government, which is formed without the support of the people, has no responsibility towards the state. Therefore, there is no reflection of public interest in this budget. This is a budget to maintain the continuity of corruption. Foreign loans will be paid by imposing a tax burden on the people.”

Expressing concern over the proposed budget he further said, “I am concerned that there is no clear roadmap to ensure transparency and prevention of corruption in the overall implementation of the budget. The announced budget did not ensure good governance and accountability by stopping waste and mismanagement. On the contrary, the budget reflects the shortcomings of democracy, human rights, freedom of speech and the rule of law and accountability in the country during this government.”

Commenting that there is no future guidance in the budget, Fakhrul said, “This year’s budget should not be a budget of sum up only. The budget should have been a guideline for Bangladesh’s economic policy in the future and a budget for economic recovery. Budget guidance should unveil that what will be the model of economic recovery in the future, what will be the focus of short, medium and long term budgets. But the government did not go that way.”

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