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BNP proposes Tk 870b special fund to tackle COVID-19 impacts

| Updated: April 05, 2020 21:22:28

BNP proposes Tk 870b special fund to tackle COVID-19 impacts

BNP on Saturday proposed to a special fund of Tk 870.00 billion to tackle the impacts of coronavirus disease, COVID-19, on the country’s economy.

The party has urged the government to allocate Tk 610.00 billion for the 'short-term sector', Tk 180.00 billion for 'medium-term sector' and Tk 80.00 billion for 'unforeseen sector'.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir gave the suggestion by presenting a 27-point package proposal at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Saturday, reports UNB.

"A special fund of Tk 870.00 billion with three per cent money of the GDP will have to be declared to implement some short-term and long-term initiatives to protect the economic sector,” he said.

Besides, Fakhrul said, a revised financial package must be announced after the withdrawal of shutdown so that the economic activity can fully be restored as it was before the general holidays.

 “The current corona crisis is not only a threat to life but also a disaster for the economy. The common and low-income people are the worst sufferers of it. That's why we propose taking short- and long-term steps to overcome it,” Fakhrul said.

He called upon the well-off section of society to come forward to stand beside the poor, homeless and destitute with food amid the stalemate in economic activity.

The BNP leader also stressed the need for adopting and implementing coordinated plans on the basis of a national consensus to overcome the coronavirus disaster.

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