General public and consumers are hoping for affordable taxation on essential commodities and specific allocations under district budget to expedite the implementation of development projects in the next fiscal.
They also called upon the finance minister to think about the financial capacity of the vast majority who were not benefited by the new pay scale introduced for public servants.
Mainul Ahsan Munna, a development activist in Pirojpur, has been advocating for district budget for last ten years.
“We received a few district-level allocations in the communication sector. Sector-specific allocations for every region are essential for inclusive development.
Golam Dustogir, who works at a software firm, observed that keeping commodity prices stable before and after announcing the budget has been a big challenge for the government.
“Taxation generates revenue, which is much needed for the country’s development. But the government should make the VAT rate on commodities affordable for the general public,” he said. Laying emphasis on the social safety net coverage for unemployed youths, Dustogir said, “The size of the budget projected for next fiscal is very impressive.
He also noted that the government has to chalk out specialised programmes for the educated youths who are unemployed as they can contribute to national productivity. “We hope that the youths will be covered under a social safety scheme in the next budget,” Dustogir said.
Syeda Gulru Hasan, a social business entrepreneur, said the government should focus on entrepreneurship development to deliver a business-friendly environment in the country.
“We hope that women will get positive news from the upcoming budget. As a woman, I expect there will be special programmes for women in the budget,” Syeda said.
She also noted that special intensives for women entrepreneurs can help tap the potentials of their innovation and talent.
Md Salman Hridoy, a third-year student of the Community Based Medical College in Mymensingh, said he hopes the finance minister will announce some good news for the internet users in the next budget.”
“The demand for low-cost internet is being raised over the last few years. But the government did not pay heed to the demand. As an internet user, I would say the internet tariff still not very affordable. The authorities should take steps to increase the number of internet users to boost the country’s technical productivity,” he said.