Muhith calls upon children to provide recommendations on the child budget
16 November 2016, Nirapad News: The government is contemplating a survey on the national budget to assess the common people’s perception on the budgetary allocations in various sectors and also to make the annual fiscal document more fruitful for further improvement in the country’s economy, said Finance Minister AMA Muhith.
“We have been giving larger budgets for the last eight years with a clear concept as to what should be the national budget for the common people . . . People are now more conscious about budget than before,” he said while addressing as the chief guest a booklet launching ceremony titled “Shisuder Budget Path Shahayika 2016-17” at the CIRDAP auditorium here today.
The minister said the government has been giving specialized allocations in the national budget in different specific areas over the last eight years with special focus, making those fields more effective for the country’s economy.
“We have given separate child budget in this fiscal year for the second time to give special attention on the overall development of the children,” he added.
Muhith called upon the children to provide their recommendations on the child budget before March 2017 to prepare the next budget more effective for the 2017-18 financial year.
“We will begin works on preparing the budget from March next year. You (Children) can give your advice on the budget,” he added.
Finance Division along with UNICEF, Bangladesh launched the booklet targeted for adolescent and children to increase their understanding and participation in the budget making process.
Among others, Women and Children Affairs Secretary Nasima Beguam and UNICEF, Bangladesh representative Edouard Beigbeder attended as special guests on the occasion with Finance Division Senior Secretary Mahbub Ahmed in the chair.
Nasima Begum said Women and Children Affairs Ministry would hold adequate discussions with the adolescent boys and girls at the sub-district level before submitting the draft budget from the ministry to the finance division for next fiscal year.
Mentioning the national budget as an important instrument in ensuring adequate and equitable resource allocations for the children, Edouard Beigbeder said “It is now increasingly acknowledged that children hold the key to development. No investment will be more effective and efficient than to invest in children to give them a good start in life.”
The government has given separate budget for the children for the second time in the fiscal comprising seven ministries.
The seven ministries are – primary and mass education, education, health and family welfare, social welfare, women and children affairs, local government and disaster management and relief.