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BNP General Secretary Khandaker Delwar Hossain termed the proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal highly ambitious and shrouded with ambiguity.
"The finance minister read out a beautiful essay and made a weave of dreams. The government will not be able to implement the proposed budget for lack of good governance -- just as the last time," he said.
Delwar made the comments in a post-budget reaction at the party's central office last night.
"Our Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia placed some proposals before the budget. But there is no reflection of those in the proposed budget," he added.
He said people would reject this budget as it would not play any effective role in the people's welfare.
The complete official budget reaction would be given later, said Delwar Hossain.
BNP standing committee member MK Anwar, Abdul Moyeen Khan and other leaders were present there.
President of Workers' Party Rashed Khan Menon termed the budget comprehensive which would accelerate the country's progress. "But its implementation will be the main challenge," he said.
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad said it was an ambitious budget and its implementation is possible if the government and administration remain active and sincere.
He proposed withdrawal of tax on sugar.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami General Secretary Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid termed the budget large-scale and impractical.
"It is not a good budget because it might face difficulties in implementation. This year we have noticed 52 percent of ADB achieved. It is not satisfying. Implementation of a budget is more important than proposing it," he said.
Mojahid observed that the sectors from which resources would be gained are not specified in the budget.
Jatiya Party (JP-Manju) Chairman Anwar Hossain Manju said it is an excellent budget. But the government would not be able to implement it due to weakness in administration and tardy implementation of the proposed projects.
The finance minister did not say anything about how the lifestyle of people would be upgraded and poverty would be reduced through this budget, Manju said.
He also hunched that due to global economic meltdown financial assistance from foreign countries would not be achieved as expected and it would hinder the implementation of the budget.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haque Inu termed the budget development-oriented and farmer-friendly. He said it would help flourish small industries.
But the major loophole in the budget is that the government has not reduced tax on information related equipment that will act as a barrier in establishing Digital Bangladesh.
He also demanded withdrawal of tax on SIM card and cell phone sets by 12 percent and to decrease tax below 5 percent on telephone equipment.
Gonoforum president Dr Kamal Hossain said this budget would help in rural development and improve the country's economy. But the weaknesses must be removed for its proper implementation.
Zaker Party Chairman Mostafa Ameer Faisal in a statement termed the budget ambitious.

Source: The Daily Star
Date: 11/06/2010


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