Hasina finds budget critics ‘mentally sick’

Hasina finds budget critics ‘mentally sick’

Taking a swipe at the critics of the newly unveiled national budget, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday there are some people who finds find fault in everything as this is a kind of mental sickness.

‘There’re some people who’ve mental sickness...they like nothing. When a democratic system exists and development is achieved they don’t see anything good in that. It’s a kind of [mental] sickness,’ she said.

She said this while replying to a question from a journalist at a press conference over criticisms by different research organisations over the national budget unveiled on Thursday.

The prime minister briefed journalists about the budget at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka in the afternoon as finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is sick.

‘I don’t know on what research they’re [research organisations] doing. The main thing is whether the general people are happy or not, whether we’re being able to do good for them.’

‘I don’t know what they’ll bring for the country through research. Our target is to make the country free from poverty and achieve development...we’re working to this end...Bangladesh is no longer a country of beggars,’ said the prime minister.

She went on saying, ‘Those who want to criticise, let them do it...if they say anything good, we’ll accept that, if they say anything bad, we’ll reject it.’

Sheikh Hasina said her government has planned to take the country’s GDP growth to 10 per cent in the 2023-24 fiscal year.

The prime minister said this while briefing the media about the national budget unveiled on Thursday for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

To achieve the double digit GDP by FY2023-24, the GDP growth rate in the proposed budget has been projected to be 8.2 per cent for FY2019-20 as the GDP grew consistently at a very high rate over the last decade.

Terming the national of 2019-20 the biggest-ever budget in Bangladesh’s history, Sheikh Hasina said the target of the budget is to implement the election manifesto of her government.

She said the government also targets to create 3 crore jobs in the country by 2030.Laying emphasis on the education sector, Hasina said this sector will get the topmost priority in the next fiscal year.

The prime minister also said Bangladesh is on top in eliminating gender disparity in South Asian countries.