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Nasim: Take action against looters, loan defaulters

  • Published at 11:26 pm June 25th, 2019
File photo of Mohammad Nasim

They should be shown zero tolerance, the Awami League leader said

Senior Awami League lawmaker Md Nasim has asked the government to take action against those who looted bank money.

"Sparing loan defaulters and bank money looters is unacceptable," he said while taking part in a discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament on Tuesday, reports UNB. 

"We all have to show zero tolerance towards them," he said. 

Noting that crores of taka were looted from the banks, he raised the question as to why they were spared.

"Why does it happen that the loan defaulters get the court's stay order, when farmers are accused in certificate cases for loan default of only thousands of taka?" he asked.

The Awami League lawmaker said some businessmen simultaneously own banks, garments, pharmaceutical companies and even newspapers, and they have entered the ruling party.

"The opportunist businessmen cannot be our friends. The parliament should be comprised of political leaders," he said. 

"We know these businessmen. They will not stand by us in our difficult times," he added.

'Bureaucracy is a problem'

About the implementation of budget, Nasim said though the government proposes a big budget every year, the whole of it can never be implemented.

"If India or Vietnam can implement 100% of their budgets, why do we not do that?" he asked, and blamed non-cooperation of bureaucrats for the failure.

"Bureaucracy is a problem for us," the treasury bench member said.

He said BNP and Jamaat-Shibir men have their roots deep in the banking sector and the Secretariat, who always want the government to fail and keep official files unmoved for days.

"Those who cannot implement the budget must be accountable," he added.