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Wednesday, 01 July 2009

The parliament on Tuesday passed the Tk 1,13,819 crore budget for 2009-10 fiscal year in the absence of main opposition BNP.

After discussing the cut motions on allocation demands by different ministries, MPs passed it by voice vote.

The parliament allowed the government to allocate Tk 189,995 crore from the supplementary fund to finance all activities from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

Finance minister AMA Muhith proposed the maiden budget of the Awami-League-led Grand Alliance government on June 11.

The budget session that started on June 4 saw the opposition absent throughout.

The budget has allocated the highest amount of Tk 95,000 crore to the Finance Division. The lowest allocation of Tk 6.90 crore went to the presidential secretariat.

Tk 248.68 crore has been allocated to the prime minister's office. The Election Commission secretariat has got Tk 596.23 crore.

The defence ministry received Tk 8, 383 crore, education ministry Tk 7,416 crore and home ministry Tk 5,880 crore.

The Local Government Division has been allocated Tk 7,934 crore, energy and power division Tk 733 crore, and Power Division Tk 3,579 crore.

Health and family welfare ministry received Tk 7,000 crore, food and disaster management Tk 12,949 crore and agriculture ministry Tk 5,972 crore.

Tk 1,484 crore has been allocated to the water resources ministry and Tk 1,346 crore to the women affairs ministry.

Tk 66 crore has been set aside for the parliamentary affairs secretariat, Tk 23 crore for the Cabinet Division, Tk 22 crore for the Public Service Commission, Tk 24 crore for the Anticorruption Commission and Tk 98 lakh for the office of the tax ombudsman.

More than 500 cut motion proposals and 49 allocation demands were raised in the parliament.

Finance minister AMA Muhith on Monday slashed the proposed import duty on newsprint, motorcycle, low-price cellphone sets, cars under 1500cc and microbus under 2000cc in the revised budget.

He proposed higher duty on big and luxury cars.


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