RAJSHAHI, March 28 (BSS)- Speakers at a pre-budget discussion here today called for formulating district-based budget for reflecting the hopes and aspirations of the people.
In this regard, they also mentioned that the budget should be pro- people and welfare-oriented so that it could bring economic emancipation of the grassroots people.
The local unit of Campaign for Good Governance (CGG) arranged the discussion at GDRC conference hall aimed at collecting opinion and suggestions relating to the forthcoming budget.
CGG local unit general secretary Akbarul Hassan Millat welcomed the participants and presented a concept paper on the issue while Associate Professor Rashed Kabir of Finance and Banking Department of Rajshahi University addressed the discussion as focal person.
Addressing as the chief guest Fazley Hossain Badsha, MP, demanded special allocations for surface water-based irrigation project and emphasised preservation of river waters before it goes to sea and protecting Rajshahi's agriculture from adverse impacts of climate change.
Badsha demanded agro-based industries for processing and preservation of potatoes, tomatoes, mangoes and litchis and urged the government for resisting tobacco cultivation.
He also demanded allocations for protecting silk sector from ruination and interest-free loan for silk growers for five years.
He 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.
Former Chairman of Rajshahi Education Board Prof Nurul Alam, journalist Mustafizur Rahman Khan, local unit Coordinator of Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust Abdus Samad and Ward Councilor of Rajshahi Bilkish Banu, among others, gave their opinion in the discussion with CGG local unit president Prof Fazlul Haque in the chair.