Re-assessment and review of the past budget experiences overlooked
The Annual budgets, announced by both the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) for the FYT2019-2020, does not outline a clear vision for the future of Dhaka city altogether. From a conventional standpoint, re-assessment and review of past information and experiences over the preceding budgets were not discussed either.
Leaders representing the Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) recommended sector based and ward-specific budget for the overall improvement of the city and wellbeing of its citizen. They urged the concerned officials to come up with a budget(s) by adopting participatory approaches and place people's interest as priority.
Highlighting the issue of utmost importance, BIP expressed their opinion in a press conference over FY2019-2020 budget of the two City corporations at its headquarters in Dhaka on Saturday.
BIP Secretary Adil Mohammed Khan presented a written statement during the event. BIP President Dr AKM Abul Kalam, Vice President Dr Akter Mahmud, former secretary Dr Golam Mortaza, and BIP’s Advisory Council Convenor Dr Golam Rahman , among others, were present in the press conference .
Addressing the event, Professor Akter Mahmud said: “There was no innovation and nothing new has been included in this year’s budget. Need based allocation is apparently absent. There is no clear vision and planning of how and when the money will be used, and there was no need-assessment carried out in terms of the city services sectoral provisions and wards.
“Budget needs ward based detail allocation plan and a capital investment plan and surely after the consultation with the people concerned,” he said.
“A technology-based modern tax collection system is needed to generate income,” he added.
Golam Mortaza said, “Gulshan, Banani and Dhanmondi areas receive more allocation than other neighbourhoods. There has been no clear description and assessment on how it has been determined."
Adil Mohammed Khan said : “Time and space is overlooked in the budget. Assessment and review of past failures and what should be done in the future to overcome the problems were absent in the budget.”
DSCC on September 1 and DNCC on September 5 announced the budget for the fiscal FY2019-2020.
DSCC announced a budget of Tk3631.40 crore while DNCC announced its budget to the tune of Tk3057.24 crore.
In FY2018-2019, DSCC's proposed budget was Tk3598.75 crore, although the amended budget figure went down to Tk1902.95 crore. In a similar way, DNCC's proposed budget was Tk2567.45 crore while the revised figure stood at Tk1822.63 crore.