Of the total budget, Tk298.43 crore will be spent on non-development sector while Tk34.18 crore on development sector
The Parliament Secretariat Commission has approved a Tk332.53 crore budget for parliament to spend on its development and non-development expenditures for the next fiscal year (2018-19).
The approval was given at the 29th meeting of the commission held at the parliament building with Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair on Sunday.
Commission Members Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina, Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Opposition Leader Raushon Ershad were present at the meeting.
Of the total budget, Tk298.43 crore will be spent on non-development sector while Tk34.18 crore on development sector.
The approved budget is Tk17.62 crore more or 5.60% higher than the revised budget of the current fiscal year.
The meeting also approved the projected budget for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 fiscal years. It also okayed the revised budget of the outgoing 2017-18FY.
At the beginning of the meeting, a video documentary was screened on the ongoing development project on the Parliament Library.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, the speaker said the amounts of various allowances were also increased.
During the parliament session, the payment rate for extra duty (overtime) will be Tk500, which was Tk450, while the rate will be Tk350 during the off-session time against Tk300.
The allowance for lunch or iftar during the parliament session was increased to Tk200 from Tk150.
The refreshment allowance has been fixed at Tk100 from Tk50 per person for the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting.
During Sunday’s meeting, Prime Minister Hasina asked parliament to increase the number of books in the Parliament Library.
The speaker said the prime minister put emphasis on the collection of books on the parliamentary rules of procedure and practices of different countries across the world.
Currently, the number of books in the library is 35,000 while that of other book-type documents is 40,000.