Dhaka, June 12 (bdnews24.com) – A treasury bench member has expressed his concern in parliament over rise in prices of essential commodities.
Mujibur Rahman, a lawmaker of the Jatiya Party, a key ally of the ruling Awami League-led Grand Alliance, put forth his views while taking part in the general discussion on the proposed budget for the 2012-13 fiscal that began in the House with Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali in the Chair on Tuesday.
Awami League MPs Enamul Haque, M A Mannan, Col (Retd) A A Maruf Saklan and Narayan Chandra Chanda, and Shah Zikrul Ahmed of Jatiya Samajtantrik Party took part in the discussion on the first day.
In absence of the opposition, the MPs of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance lauded the proposed national budget placed by Finance Minister A M A Muhith.
Referring to the rise in the prices of essentials, Mujibur Rahman said the price of soybean oil was soaring by Tk 10 every day. "If 5-litre bottle of soybean oil is sold today for Tk 630, it becomes Tk 640 the next day."
"When even we are finding it hard to cope with the price rise, how can common people deal with it?" he threw a poser.
Mujibur Rahman also criticised the activities of some Awami League leaders with their electorates in Lalmonirhat district.
"Many accuse me of committing irregularities in Test Relief and Food for Work programmes, backing Jamaat-e-Islami and BNP and taking bribe from the people. I challenge that I would accept any decision if anyone can prove that I've taken even Tk 10 from anyone," he said.
M A Mannan said the proposed budget was not too ambitious given the size of population and gross national income of the country. "This budget is implementable," he stressed adding that allocation proposals were very realistic.
The ruling party lawmaker demanded construction of the Padma multipurpose bridge and upgradation of the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway into four lanes.
Mannan said inflation was under control. He also hailed the government for providing subsidies to various sectors.