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PM announces loan package, not stimulus package: BNP

Published on: 3:53 pm - Sunday | April 5, 2020

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) thinks that the economic stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to deal with the challenges of deadly coronavirus will not resolve the ongoing crisis in any way.

“The stimulus package announced by the prime minister is not an stimulus package, but a loan package. People who survive on daily-basis income have been neglected in the package. This package is for the businessmen and not for the poor,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at his Uttara residence in Dhaka on Sunday afternoon.

Fakhrul was giving a formal reaction to the stimulus package announced by the prime minister at her official residence Ganabhaban on Sunday morning.

The BNP leader said the entire stimulus package of Tk 72,750 crore announced by the government is a loan package. No stimulus exists here at all. Moreover, nothing has been done for the poor and needy in the package.

Mirza Fakhrul said the BNP proposed the government to pay Tk 15,000 to each of the marginalised families. “We specifically mentioned that the amount should be grant. Incentives should be given to doctors, nurses and paramedics. Their allowances should be raised. Incentives should be given to the people working in the entire health sector. They should be given necessary cooperation by providing grants, and raising their salaries and allowances. But, the prime minister didn’t say anything else in the stimulus package.”

Fakhrul also observed that nothing was mentioned about those who send remittances. Besides, the prime minsiter’s did not make it clear in her speech whether the stimulus package announced for the garment sector would go to the workers or not.

“The health sector was completely ignored in the stimulus package,” he said.

In order to prevent coronavirus infection, Fakhrul also called for locking down the entire country.

“The government can’t realise what the devastating situation the country is going to face. The number of infected persons is rising at geometric rate. So, it has become imperative to lockdown the country right now,” he said.

(observerbd)

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