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EC seeks Tk2,000 cr allocation in next budget

  • Published at 05:13 pm June 7th, 2019
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File photo of Nirbachan Bhaban, which houses the offices of the Election Commission and its secretariat, in Dhaka's Agargaon Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Tk310 crore will be allocated for conducting elections

The Election Commission Deputy Secretary (Budget) Abdul Momin Sarker has said it is seeking a total allocation of around Tk2,000 crore from the next national budget.

He told Dhaka Tribune on Friday that the Election Commission, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Planning sat for a meeting and a circular was issued by the Ministry of Finance back in April.

According to the circular, two different kinds of budgets will be allocated - one for operational purpose, and one for development.

The circular said a budget of Tk310 crore will be allocated for conducting election, Tk479 crore for Election Commission’s operational cost - including wages and census, and around TK1,150 for development purpose.

In total, it comes to around a budget of Tk1,939 crore. 

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal is set to place the national budget for the fiscal year 2019-2020 in the upcoming parliamentary session on June 13.