Need for building Bangladesh as self-dependent stressed

Need for building Bangladesh as self-dependent stressed

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Time has come to building the nation as self-dependent through overcoming the existing dependence on foreign aid and all of us work together to this end, speakers at a discussion here said yesterday.They viewed there are enormous resources and potentialities like sustainable agriculture and manpower to make the nation self-dependence and only political commitment and collective efforts are needed to transform the dream into realistic.
The observations came at a pre-budget view-sharing meeting styled “National Planning and Budget related Parliamentary Caucus” held at the conference hall of Rajshahi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI).Democratic Budget Movement (DBM) organized the discussion in association with the caucus.With Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, Vice-president of National Planning and Budget related Parliamentary Caucus, in the chair, Abdul Wadud Dara, MP, Abul Kalam Azad, MP, and Ayen Uddin, MP, spoke on the occasion.RCCI President Muniruzzaman, local unit DBM Member secretary Foyzullah Chowdhury, Secretary Akbarul Hassan Millat, former chairman of Rajshahi Education Board Prof Nural Alam and principal of Rajshahi Court Degree College Prof Shafiqur Rahman also spoke.During his keynote presentation, Prof ANK Noman, from Department of Economics of Rajshahi University, narrated the thinking issues on regional budget.Lawmaker Badsha said national planning and budget is very important in terms of policy making issue for overall development of the country and effective and active participation of poor and marginalized people and their elected lawmakers and public representatives is indispensable to the process.He emphasized the for giving top priority to the region’s agriculture and agri- processing, education, health, food security and poverty alleviation in the forthcoming national budget of fiscal 2015-16. He viewed that enhanced priority and subsidy to the sector of agriculture along with its subsectors and income generation could be the effective means of boosting its field level outputs leading to food security.Taking part in the open discussion, the participants mentioned that the budget should be pro-people and welfare-oriented so that it could bring economic emancipation of the people in general.They underscored the need for giving priority to agriculture, food security and agro-based industries in the budget for Rajshahi region.To take the agriculture sector and its value addition business more advanced, there is no alternative to an investment-friendly atmosphere for attracting the entrepreneurs towards agro-processing industries in the region as its economy is completely dependent on agriculture, they mentioned.They reiterated that it is an age-old demand of the region’s people that all the development works should be balanced in the country but the northern region remained utterly neglected and no government in the past made any effort to change the lot of its people.They urged the government to identify the local needs through proper assessment everywhere in the region and bring those under budgetary allocation for the sake of a balanced development of the country.Vital sectors of the region like setting up an agro- based export processing zone, revitalization of the silk, enriching surface water resources and facing the adverse impact of climate change should be brought under the budgetary allocation. Terming the sectors as vital for accelerating the region’s financial condition, they put emphasis on special attention to those. -BSS, Rajshahi

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