PM-POST-BUDGET-PRESS CONFERENCE 5 LAST DHAKA
Responding to a question, the prime minister said it is a responsibility of the government to look into the good and bad of the farmers.
“Bangladesh has become self-reliant in food as the government is continuing to look into the good and bad of the farmers,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken a decision to purchase 4 lakh metric tons of paddy this season to ensure its fair price for the farmers.
The premier said the government is giving huge incentives to the farmers to produce paddy. “The peasants have to spend less amount of money for producing paddy, as the government provides more money
in this regard,” she said.
“We’re extending all kinds of support to the farmers and as a result, the country witnessed huge paddy production,” she said.
Explaining about “Sonali Juddho” (golden war) which the planning minister mentioned in his budget speech, Sheikh Hasina said the goal of her government is to build a hunger and poverty-free Sonar Bangla.
“We’re working tirelessly to make the country prosperous economically, and our ‘Sonali Juddho’ means the people can see the golden days,” she said.
Earlier in her written speech, the prime minister said the Awami League placed the election manifesto before the people in the last general election with a vow to build a happy, prosperous and developed Bangladesh.
“To implement the manifesto which was hugely accepted by the people as well as to attain the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and seventh five-year plan, this year’s budget has been prepared,” she said.
Terming the budget as the biggest one in the country’s history, Sheikh Hasina highlighted salient features of the budget.