Transparency International Bangladesh has expressed concern that it does not have sufficient funds in the next budget for critical areas, including health, to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
He also expressed concern about the lack of a clear roadmap for ensuring transparency and preventing corruption in the overall implementation of the budget.
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The anti-corruption agency also urged the government to ensure transparency and prevent corruption in the implementation of the budget.
However, he welcomed the government’s decision not to allow any room for money laundering in the budget.
The government appears to have gone through some sort of enlightenment as it avoided renewing the black money laundering field, which was introduced amid serious criticism earlier, said TIB CEO Iftekharuzzaman.
He said they wanted to believe that the authorities would respect the prime minister’s stance of “zero tolerance against corruption” and would not allow this immoral benefit to continue in the end, even if they face legal scrutiny or pressure from any quarter.
He stressed the need to announce a budget that is participatory, can ensure people’s well-being and save lives.
“In the proposed budget for the financial year 2021-22, the allocation for the health sector has been increased to TK 33,000 million – which is about 7% of the total budget – but is still much less than needed.”
According to the latest figures from the World Health Organization, 74 percent of treatment costs are borne by patients and 26 percent by the government, which is a disgrace to Bangladesh as a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Health, Iftekharuzzaman said.
“Again, due to persistent corruption and a lack of fair spending, there is a high risk that this allocation will not be spent properly, from which there is no clear roadmap in the budget, which is disappointing. However, there is no alternative to reorganization. health sector in recent years to reduce unthinkable and widespread corruption. “
Although he welcomed the government’s investment in vaccination activities to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country and the allocation of Tk 10,000 million to fight the coronavirus, Iftekharuzzaman said, “This allocation is not enough to deal with the coronavirus. In this case, the process of spending money should be transparent and it should be ensured that corruption in the health sector should not be exploited in any way. “
Likewise, the government is expected to follow a transparent procurement process and prioritize the public interest in supplying a coronavirus vaccine, he added.
He also commented that the 10-year tax exemption is a timely decision to increase the scope of out-of-town hospital services. This will create opportunities to ensure quality health care in rural areas, he said.
Concerned about the news about the allocation of about 60 per cent of the total proposed budget to the underdeveloped sector, Iftekharuzzaman said, “Given the reality of the crown (Covid-19), the government is expected to reduce unnecessary spending and make realistic funds in the field of emergency services.
“But in terms of overall distribution, the public administration received the fourth highest distribution (7.6 percent) and when defense spending was added to that, the amount was over 14 percent. Although the distribution was increasing every year, “The lack of effective strategies. Ensuring transparency and accountability as well as increasing the efficiency of public administration is frustrating,” he said.