The ruling Awami League has hailed the county’s proposed national budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as pro-people and development-oriented.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith unveiled Tk 4 lakh 266 crore national budget in parliament on Thursday, expecting 7.4 per cent GDP growth.
Brushing aside the doubt of some economists over implementation of this huge budget, AL leaders said the new budget is pro-people and development-oriented.
Welcoming the budget for the new fiscal year, AL and its associate bodies brought out processions in the capital and paraded through different city streets.
AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif told reporters that it is a pro-people and development-oriented budget.
“A time-befitting budget has been proposed with an aim to turn the country into a middle-income one by 2021,” he said.
“Education sector has been given priority to upgrade the education system. Industrial sector has also been given priority to make the country economically strong,” he added.
AL finance and planning secretary Tipu Munshi said it is a budget for development.
“A pro-people budget has been placed keeping in mind the next national polls,” he said, adding that a courageous budget has been given considering the country’s development with a target of 7.4 percent GDP growth.
AL organising secretary Khalid mahmud Chowdhury said, “People’s welfare and country’s progress lie in this budget. Country’s progress will be made through its implementation,” he said.
AL forest and environment affairs secretary Delwar Hossain said that the budget is a roadmap for the party’s Vision 2021.
“We will move one step forward through implementing the budget,” he said.
AL agriculture affairs secretary Faridun Nahar Laily said the AL-led government is farmers-friendly. “It is proved again through this budget,” she said.