Special Correspondent: Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is set to place over Tk 6.03 lakh crore national budget for fiscal 2021-2022 (FY 22) in the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) today amid the COVID-19 pandemic aiming to expedite economic recovery and bolster the government efforts to save the lives and livelihoods of country’s people.
This will be the 50th national budget of the country coinciding with the golden jubilee of the country’s independence while the 13th in a row for the Awami League government.
The size of the national budget for FY 22 is likely to be Tk 6,03,681 crore which is 6.28 percent or Tk 35,681 crore higher than the original budget size of the current fiscal year which was Tk 5,68,000 crore.
The next budget will also be the 3rd straight budget for the incumbent Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.
The theme of the budget this time is “Jiban O Jibikar Pradhanno, Agamir Bangladesh”.
Officials at the Ministry of Finance said that the budget will give special priority to health, agriculture, social safety nets, employments, food and disaster management and food security apart from addressing the COVID-19 related issues.
The budget is also likely to incorporate some short, mid and long-term plans to address the various economic and social risks due to the pandemic.
A Finance Ministry official, preferring anonymity, told journalists that the budget is likely to set a GDP growth target of 7.2 percent for the next fiscal year while the government would eye to contain inflation within 5.3 percent.
The original GDP growth rate for the current fiscal year was earlier set at 8.2 percent which was later revised at 6.1 percent. The size of the overall GDP in the next fiscal year would be Tk 34.56 lakh crore and in comparison to that the
size of budget would be 17.47 percent of GDP.
The operating or non-development expenditure is likely to be about 60 percent or Tk 3,61,500 crore of the next budget outlay, up by Tk 13,320 crore from the allocation for the current fiscal year and Tk 37,812 crore from the revised amount.
The maximum amount from the operating expenditure amounting to Tk 68,589 crore will be spent on loan interest payments – some Tk 62,000 crore on internal loans and Tk 6,589 crore on external ones.
As part of austerity measures, the government is likely to reduce land acquisition meant for implementing development projects, construction and public works, investment in shares and equities in the next fiscal year as compared to the current financial year.
Around Tk 32,660 crore as capital expenditure is likely to be earmarked for such sectors in the next fiscal year’s budget, down from Tk 36,490 crore allocated for FY21 that was later slashed to Tk 21,141 crore in the revised budget.
In the next fiscal year, Tk 237,078 crore will be spent on development activities under the Annual Development Programme (ADP) including those of city corporations and self-governing bodies.
The amount was Tk 215,043 crore in the original budget for FY21. The allocation in the revised budget was reduced to Tk 208,025 crore.
Of the development expenditure, Tk 2,25,324 crore has been allocated for the Annual Development Programme (ADP), which is Tk 20,179 crore more than in the original budget for the current fiscal year.
The FY21 allocation in the revised budget was trimmed to Tk 1,97,643 crore because of a bit slow implementation rate of the ADP owing to the pandemic.
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