There is no specific direction in the budget to prevent waste, corruption and mismanagement. – Supreme Party Chairman, Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Al Hasani in response to the budget
In response to the budget of 2020-21 fiscal year, Bangladesh Supreme Party (B.S.P) Chairman, Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Al Hasani said that, Although there are some positive aspects in the proposed budget, budget implementation will be a big challenge. The huge deficit budget did not fully meet the expectations of the people. At least 15 percent of the total budget should have been allocated for education. Investment in education sector means building human resources. Developed countries allocate 20/25 percent of their budgets to education. Therefore, more emphasis should be given on education.
Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Al Hasani added, there was no guidance on how the Rs 10,000 crore allocation against Corona will be spent. As a result, opportunities for waste and corruption cannot be ruled out. He demanded for the construction of at least 10 ICU beds with ventilators in every Upazila hospital of the country.
Moreover, the allocation given to the health sector in this year’s budget is also insufficient. There is no clear outline in the budget for reducing maternal mortality, grassroots health care and general people’s access to medical care.
The ability of the budget to prevent unemployment, create employment, creating opportunity for new investments can be questioned. Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Al Hasani also said that, there are no qualified teachers in government primary schools to teach Islam. So in the next budget, we have to take a plan to appoint teachers for Islamic subject in government primary schools. Special allocation should be made in the budget to increase the MPO enrollment of private schools, colleges and madrasas.
Syed Saifuddin Ahmed Al Hasani demanded for the nationalization of private ibtedayi madrasas. He said the budget needs to be made more people-oriented and implementable.