BNP has urged the government to formulate next budget in the light of a three-year recovery plan to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 outbreak.
Secretary general of BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the statement on Tuesday while presenting a 13-point proposal virtual press conference on budget.
Fakhrul urged the government to give main focus on protecting people’s lives and livelihoods in the budget instead of economic growth.
"At this time of corona crisis, people's lives and livelihoods should be given the highest priority instead of economic growth. It won’t be possible to revive the economy if the corona infection can’t be prevented,” he observed.
Fakhrul, also a former teacher of economics, said the economy will not be vibrant if the corona-like risk persists in the country.
"A new system should be made in combination of monetary and revenue policies giving the highest focus on creating new jobs, retaining the current employment and preventing the income and economic contractions," he said.
The BNP leader also urged the government to consider BNP’s proposed Tk 870.00 billion special bailout package in the national budget to overcome the coronavirus fallouts.