An allocation of Taka 1,621 crore has been made in the budget proposed for 2019-20 fiscal for Foreign Affairs Ministry to mainly mitigate expenditures of Bangladesh missions abroad.
The allocation in the proposed budget is Taka 219 crore more than the revised budget of 2018-19 fiscal that was Taka 1,402 crore. The proposed budget of the fiscal 2018-19 for foreign affairs ministry was Taka 1,250 crore.Of the total Taka 1,621 crore, Taka 121 crore will be spent under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) and Taka 1,499 crore under non-development sector.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal made the announcement while placing the budget for the new financial year before the Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday.
At his speech, the finance minister mentioned the issue regarding Rohingya crisis and said the displaced Rohingyas, who escaped from Myanmar to save their lives from torture, oppression and ethnic cleansing, have been given shelter in Bangladesh as a humanitarian gesture.
“Following the directions of Honourable Prime Minister, bilateral discussions have been continuing to ensure safe, dignified and permanent repatriation of displaced Rohingyas to their homeland,” he said.
Bangladesh has been providing all necessary physical support services, including food, housing, health and other emergency services, to over 1.1 million Rohingyas, Kamal said.
“Bangladesh has been efficiently doing massive work of providing health and other emergency services including provisioning of residential facilities, supply of drinking water, installation of sanitary latrines and building roads for Rohingya population,” he added.