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All eligible institutions will be brought under MPO system: Dipu Moni

Published 11:10 pm | June 24, 2019

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Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni today said the country’s all efficient and eligible educational institutions will be brought under the Monthly Payment Order (MPO) system.

“Our aim is not to make anyone deprived of. Our aim is to develop our education….The Sheikh Hasina-led government has decided to bring all the country’s efficient and eligible institutions under the MPO system,” she told the Jatiya Sangsad while taking part in the general discussion on the national budget for fiscal 2019-20.

The education minister said all should work together to make the ineligible institutions eligible so that those could be brought under MPO system.

“If we give MPO to the ineligible educational institutions, what would be difference between the eligible and ineligible institutions,” she questioned.

Highlighting the country’s socioeconomic progress, Dipu Moni said Bangladesh is now a role model of development, women empowerment and disaster management before the world.

About the proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20, she said some people called the budget ambitious, but the proposed budget was announced considering the goals set to be achieved by 2041.

The business bodies and economists termed the proposed budget a public- centred and implementable one, she added.

The education minister said the proposed budget allocated over Tk 61,000 crore in the education sector. If the BNP-Jamaat government had given concentration on development works during its era, more allocation could be given in education in the proposed budget for fiscal 2019-20.

Participating in the general discussion on budget, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lawmaker and former information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina-led government had announced big-size budgets in the last 10 years and implemented the mega budgets successfully.

The government also announced a mega budget for fiscal 2019-20 and it would be able to implement this budget too, he said.

The budget, which was announced standing on the wreckages of militancy, will pave a way to achieve the goals set for 2021 and 2041, Inu said.

But, he said, the defaulted loans should be realised, and tax dodging and corruption must be prevented. Inu suggested increasing allocation in education, health, agriculture and public-oriented sectors in the proposed budget.

Opposition BNP lawmaker Abdus Sattar Bhuiyan was critical of some budgetary measures saying implementation of this highly ambitious budget would be a big challenge. He also asked for reign in the bank default loans.

Taking part in the general discussion on the national budget today, lawmakers mostly concentrated on ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s 70th founding anniversary in the House rather than on the fiscal plan.

They said the proposed budget will help turn the country into a prosperous one through developing its various sectors and transformation of the rural dominated country into an urban Bangladesh.

On June 13 in the Jatiya Sangsad, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal unveiled a Tk 5,23,190 crore national budget for fiscal 2019-20, setting up GDP growth target at 8.2 percent and outlining a set of programmes to transform the country into a role model of a modern and welfare state by 2041.

Earlier, the lawmakers paid their cordial tributes to the memory of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, four national leaders, martyred freedom fighters and also those who made their supreme sacrifice
during the War of Liberation and all subsequent democratic movements of the country.

State Minister for Water Resources Zaheed Farooque, treasury bench members Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Abdul Matin Khasru, Md Eunus Ali Sarkar, Dhirendra Debnath Shambhu, Manoranjan Shil Gopal, Mahfuzur Rahman, Momotaz Begom and Md Shah E Alam, Jatiya Party MP Shariful Islam Jinnah and Bikalpadara lawmaker Mahi B Chowdhury also took part in the discussion.


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