Big budget necessary: Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday said a big budget was necessary to develop the socioeconomic condition of the people of Bangladesh.
"Many have termed the budget big, but it was necessary to develop the socioeconomic condition of the people and the country,” Hasina said during a meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee at her official residence Ganobhaban.
“I believe we will be able to implement the budget,” she said, adding that the common people will get a good result out of it.
Welcoming the proposed budget, the premiere said the main opposition is criticising the budget out of frustration.
“The main opposition is unhappy because they are not getting any chance to loot,” she said.
Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, alleged that a person, who usurped state power at gunpoint, had not done anything for the country and its people. “They only enjoyed state power and did not have any goal to serve the people,” she said, adding that her party helped the country get bumper productions and develop the fates of the commoners.
Depicting the oppression and looting of the BNP-led coalition government, the premiere said her government has been continuing to develop the country.
“We are running the country in a healthy way. Some progresses have been made in every sector, which we committed to the people through the election manifesto,” Hasina said. The government even achieved a lot in some sectors, including education and health, she added.
The premiere urged the people to remain alert against a section of political parties that want to establish a reign of terror.
“People have to remain alert against the corrupt, who indulged in looting and caused violence in the country, so that they cannot make the commoners hostage in future,” she said, adding that people do not want to see militancy, violence and corruption anymore.
Listing her achievements during the three and a half years in office, Hasina said, “We have pledged to ensure Internet service at upazila level by 2011. We have already ensured the service at union level.”
The government has been subsidising many areas, including energy and agriculture sectors, which has resulted in increased productions.
“Basically, people get something when Awami League is in power.
“Even the nature also works in favour of the party,” she said.
The premiere thanked Finance Minister AMA Muhith for placing a “healthy budget” to make Bangladesh a middle-income state by 2021.
“We have presented every national budget in light of our electoral manifesto and the budget for this fiscal year is not an exception,” she said.