Small allocation to hamper dev process
The development process in agriculture and health sectors will be hampered due to smaller budgetary allocations for 2013-14 fiscal year than the previous fiscal year, said speakers at a press conference in the capital yesterday.
Allocation of Tk 10,905 crore has been proposed for agriculture in this year's budget. This allocation is 20 percent lower than the revised budget of the previous year, they said.
In the previous fiscal year, the allocation for health sector was 5 percent of the total budget. But this year, the allocation has fallen to only 4.2 percent, they added.
They were speaking at the conference titled “Budget 2013-14 does not comply with climate adaptation” at Jatiya Press Club.
Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan (BAPA), Climate Change Development Forum, Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood, Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD), Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB), VOICE, PRAN and HumanityWatch jointly organised the event.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of EquityBD, Farzana Akther of VOICE, Atiqur Rahman Tipu of CDP, and Mizanur Rahman Bijoy of NCCB also spoke.