Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury and Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad at 29th meeting of the Commission held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban on Sunday. Photo: PMO
Parliament gets Tk 332.53cr budget for new FY
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Dhaka, May 20 (UNB)- The Parliament Secretariat Commission on Sunday approved aTk 332.53 crore budget for Parliament to spend on its development and non-development expenditures for the next fiscal year (2018-19).
The approval was given at the 29th meeting of the Commission held at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.
Of the total budget, Tk 298.43 crore will be spent on non-development sector while Tk 34.18 crore on development sector.
The approved budget is Tk 17.62 crore more or 5.60 percent higher than the revised budget of the current fiscal.
The meeting also approved the projected budgetfor the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. It also okayed the revised budget of the outgoing financial year (2017-18).
Commission Members Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Opposition Leader RaushonErshad were present at the meeting.
Chief Whip ASM Firoz attended the meeting on special invitation.
At the beginning of the meeting, a video documentary was screened on the ongoing development project on Parliament Library.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Speaker saidthe amounts of various allowances were increased.
During the Parliament session, the payment rate for extra duty (overtime) will be Tk 500 which was Tk 450 while the rate will be Tk 350 during the off-session time against Tk 300.
The allowance for lunch or iftar during the Parliament session was increased to Tk 200 from Tk 150.
The refreshment allowance has been fixed at Tk 100 from Tk 50 per person for the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting.
During the meeting, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina asked Parliament to increase the number of books in the parliament library.
Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said the Prime Minister put emphasis on the collection of books on the parliamentary rules of procedure and practices of different countries across the world.
Currently, the number of books in Parliament is 35,000 while that of other book-type documents is 40,000.