Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday directed government officials to refrain from the unnecessary expenditure of public money as she feared a second wave of Covid-19 in the coming days.
"There's an apprehension that Covid-19 pandemic might hit again, because many countries including [some in] Europe are suffering from this pandemic again. We all have to remain safe from now on," she said at a programme where she handed over the national standard to 10 units and organisations of Bangladesh Army.
She joined the programme in Savar Cantonment virtually from her official residence the Gono Bhaban.
She said that the government had announced a budget of Tk 568,000 crore for the 2020-21 fiscal which was a very tough job due to the pandemic where many countries were suffering from severe economic constraints.
"We've given the budget defying all odds. We said that everyone has to remain cautious regarding expending public money, because if coronavirus hits again massively then we'll need a huge amount of money, we'll have to help the people again," she said.
In this connection, Sheikh Hasina said that the government has to provide treatment, procure medicines, maybe more doctors and nurses will be needed.
"Considering these, we need to maintain austerity, we must not spend even a single paisa extra without any need. We've to take this step keeping an eye on the future," she said.
The prime minister also put emphasis on continuing the production of food so that the food crisis does not hit Bangladesh.
She said that many countries are suffering from food shortage amid the coronavirus pandemic. "But in Bangladesh, we made the right decision at the right time. As a result, we aren't facing that crisis," she said.
She also briefly described various steps of the government taken at the initial stage of coronavirus in the country. "We all have to work so that we can face any sort of calamity," she said.