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Government is working sincerely to alleviate poverty: Planning Minister

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Dhaka:

Planning Minister MA Mannan said the new poverty created by the Corona epidemic was temporary. If the government’s programs are implemented in a timely manner by increasing revenue collection, it will be possible to alleviate the newly created poverty quickly.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a virtual budget discussion organized by the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Policy Research Institute (PRI) on Monday (June 21st).

MCCI President Barrister Nihad Kabir officiated the function. Among others, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Accounts Washeka Ayesha Khan, Commerce Secretary Tapan Kanti Ghosh, PRI Chairman Dr. Zahidi Sattar and executive director. Ahsan H Mansoor, MCCI Vice President Anis A Khan delivered keynote speeches.

PRI research director said. MA Razzak and MCCI Tariff and Taxation Subcommittee Chairman Adib H Khan presented two separate articles.

The planning minister said the government is working very sincerely to alleviate poverty. Homeless and landless families are being given houses on the initiative of the Prime Minister. Yesterday, 53,000 families were given ownership of the house.

He said that not only houses are being provided, but also electricity, sanitation and drinking water have been provided to them. Besides, people are being given cash assistance. In addition to the ongoing programs of the government, various initiatives have been taken to alleviate poverty in this year’s budget. So hopefully those who have become poor anew will be able to turn around quickly.

MA Mannan thinks that the amount of revenue that has been created in the country is not being collected. If the government can increase revenue collection, it will be able to take more comprehensive programs for poverty alleviation. He urged the traders to come forward in expanding revenue collection.

He said traders say this year’s budget has been business-friendly. As the government is committed to accelerating development, we are taking various initiatives to expand the private sector. We are openly listening to the suggestions of the businessmen about the budget. Logical suggestions will be viewed positively, he said.

Asked whether the Kovid-era government had enough information, the planning minister said there was nothing to hide from the government. We always want to give accurate information. He said steps have been taken to strengthen the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) to enhance the quality of information.

Speaking on the occasion, Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali said, “The new export products we are getting outside of readymade garments are mainly agricultural products.” This time the budget has taken initiative to diversify the export products by encouraging the use of agricultural machinery. He commented that this initiative would be very fruitful in making exportable products.

MCCI President Barrister Nihad Kabir said that a number of new initiatives have been taken in this year’s budget, which will play a role in the development of the private sector. However, he emphasized on the proper implementation of the programs adopted in the budget.

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