Oppostion protest against the decision to whiten black money



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The Opposition Jatiya Party and Independent Members of Parliament have expressed their anger over the proposal to whiten black money or undeclared money by providing 15 percent tax in the budget. They said that ordinary honest tax payers would be offended and would not want to pay tax which will have an adverse effect on the country.

They said this during the general discussion of the 2024-25 budget session of the Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) on Sunday (June 23). The Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the session.

Jatiya Party Member of Parliament Masud Uddin Chowdhury said in the session that there is no new message of hope in the proposed budget. Instead regular tax payers have been discouraged by giving opportunities to whiten black money. And those who did not pay tax were encouraged.

He said, everyone pays 30-35 percent tax legally. And those who have not paid tax for a long time, that black money will be made white with 15 percent tax. So why do ordinary people pay regular taxes? It is unethical; as a result many people will take this opportunity without paying tax.

He said that this black money is of two types, it is earned illegally, it is not even shown for that. Another type of income is earning, they also did not pay tax. He strongly opposed the legalization of most of them black money, illegally earned money and demanded their punishment. He also spoke about the problems of common people due to inflation.

He said, remittance is a major driving force of our economy. About 1 crore people send thousands of crores money of remittances every year. Among them, there is a lot of writing about Malaysia; they send Tk. 4 thousand crores per month, Tk. 51 thousand crores annually. Many people think that there is a conspiracy about why so much money will come. There is also a syndicate with this. As a result they are also having problems sending remittances, creating instability there. Therefore, he demanded to facilitate remittance warriors and stop corruption, money laundering, bank robberies etc. in the banking sector.

AKM Mostafizur Rahman, another Member of Parliament of the Jatiya Party, said that the budget has kept the privileges of the upper classes. And the middle class will be under pressure. Various policies of the budget did not go in favor of the poor.

He said that the government's income will decrease as the price of cigarettes is not increased. It is the government's responsibility to ensure health care, but there is corruption everywhere, even though thousands of crores of rupees are allocated annually, people are not receiving medical care.

He said that the health system should be reformed to restore order in the health sector. Mega project loans are being taken, a large part of which is being taken up by outside contractor engineers. The young society in our country should be skilled in this regard.

Criticizing the decision taken to whiten black money, he said that as a result common taxpayers will not want to pay tax. So you have to move away from that expectation.

Independent Member of Parliament Abul Kalam Azad demanded that the money of the country has been diverted abroad, they should be identified and the money should be returned and they should be brought under punishment.

He criticized how the sovereign allows the parliament to launder black money. He demanded the identification and punishment of those involved in money laundering, corruption, and non-payment of loans from banks.

Another Independent Member of Parliament Sohrab Uddin said that the list of distressed banks has been prepared recently, and Bangladesh Bank has decided to merge these distressed banks with solvent banks. But because no effective measures were taken, these distressed banks suffered, with customers withdrawing all their money. He condemned the hot decision of Bangladesh Bank for this.

Sohrab Uddin said that the Finance Minister said to whiten the 15 percent tax to give an opportunity to show undisclosed money in the budget. That will not serve the purpose. No one will show this undisclosed amount with 15 percent tax, 10 percent in the past also did not get much response.

He said if it can be taxed at 5 percent then it will show the huge amount of undisclosed money in the country, the objective of the Finance Minister will be achieved. So I will request the Finance Minister to levy 5 percent tax to launder huge amount of money.

He said that development in the country is going at a fast pace, but the problem is corruption. Corruption has increased if it is not curbed then the speed of development will slow down. Today there is no place where there is no corruption. A lot of money is being lost in the bank, corruption has increased, the officials and the chairmen of the bank are immersed in corruption today. There was no trial for them.

Another 11 people's bank accounts were freezed in question leak



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BFIU, under the control of Bangladesh Bank, has freezed the bank accounts of 11 other accused in the question leak. For the next 30 days, instructions have been given to freeze these persons and their interest-related accounts.

On Sunday (July 14) instructions were sent to the banks.

Earlier on July 9, PSC Chairman's former driver Syed Abed Ali Jiban and his family's bank accounts were freezed.

The police have already arrested these people who are in the account freezing list.

It is to be noted that CID filed a case under the Public Service Commission Act at the capital's Paltan Police Station on the day after the news about the leak of BCS question papers was published last Sunday. In that case, 31 people including Abed Ali were named and 50-60 unknown people were accused.

PSC deputy director Md. Jahangir Alam, Assistant Director SM Alamgir Kabir, Dispatch Writer Khalilur Rahman, Auditor Priyanath Roy and Office Assistant Md. Sajedul Islam are in the account freezing list.

There are more in this list-former army member Md. Noman Siddique, former Chhatra League leader and businessman Abu Solaiman Sohel, Dhaka passport office employee Mamunur Rashid, Narayanganj regional passport office security guard Shahadat Hossain, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College technician Niamul Hasan and businessman Zahidul Islam. 

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There is a deep political conspiracy behind the quota movement: Shajahan Khan



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Awami League presidium member and Madaripur-2 Constituency Member of Parliament Shajahan Khan said that the quota agitators are on the wrong track. There is a deep political conspiracy behind this movement. Many people are trying to ride on relying on the quota movement.

He said this to the reporters at the farewell reception of Upazila Parishad Chairman Advocate Obaidur Rahman Kalu Khan at Madaripur Sadar Upazila Parishad Complex on Sunday (July 14) afternoon.

Shajahan Khan said, 'Just like the people want to rely on something, those who have become old in politics, they want to rely on this quota movement. It will have no political consequences. They are misleading the students. Everyone will refrain from this movement. The government will accept the verdict of the High Court.

Member of Parliament for Madaripur-2 Shajahan Khan also said, "Those who are doing anti-quota movement should remember that this quota was given to keep the spirit of the liberation war alive. There are countries in the world, where the children of war criminals do not have jobs. The cancellation of this quota of our country will be done through law. The government will work according to the instructions of the High Court.

Shajahan Khan's wife Syeda Rokeya Begum, Shajahan Khan's son-in-law Tangail-2 (Gopalpur-Bhuapur) Member of Parliament Tanvir Hasan Chhota Monir, Madaripur Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md. Al Mamun, Sadar Upazila Awami League President Syed Shakhawat Hossain Salim and many others were present.

Incidentally, after the farewell ceremony, the newly elected Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Asibur Rahman Asib Khan assumed his new duties. Obaidur Rahman Kalu Khan, younger brother of Shahjahan Khan. And Asibur Rahman Asib Khan is the eldest son of Shahjahan Khan.

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Implementation of 'Praytaya' pension delayed by one year



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The implementation of the new universal pension scheme ‘Pratyaya’ has been delayed by a year. It will be effective from July 1, 2025. The Ministry of Finance announced this information in a press release on Sunday (July 14) night.

The notification said that the government has decided that the’ Pratyaya’  will be applicable to new employees of all self-governing, autonomous, state-owned, statutory bodies and their organs including public universities like government employees from July 1, 2025.

As a result, those who will join the government service on or after July 1, 2025 or those who will join the autonomous, state-owned etc. organizations will compulsorily come under the universal pension scheme.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the Universal Pension Scheme on August 17, 2023 to bring the people of the country to a sustainable pension system, the circular said.

It should be noted that in this year's budget speech, Finance Minister Abul Hasan Mahmud Ali announced that government employees will also be covered under universal pension.

Accordingly, another new program will be launched for government employees from July 1, 2025. According to pension authority sources, it will be called 'Sebak.'

When asked about the notification, a member of the National Pension Authority Golam Mostafa said, "The notification of the Ministry of Finance is the official commentary. Accordingly, the effective time of the matter has been delayed by one year.

The Bangladesh University Teachers' Association Federation had been opposing the implementation of the decision to introduce ‘Pratyaya’ since last March, terming it discriminatory.

The federation said that this decision is a silent conspiracy on the public universities and if the pension scheme is launched, the benefits of the teachers-officers-employees of the government universities will be reduced.

The university teachers have been on a complete strike since July 1. Classes, examinations and official work are all closed in universities for two weeks.

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader and other leaders held a meeting with the university teacher leaders at the Dhanmondi political office of the Awami League president on the ‘Pratyaya’ program of universal pension.

After the meeting, Obaidul Quader told reporters that all government and autonomous institutions will be included under the universal pension program on July 1, 2025. The information previously given to public university teachers to join pension from July 1, 2024, is not correct. Like everyone else, they will join on July 1, 2025; it has been made clear to them.

On July 2, the Ministry of Finance announced another notification about the pension authority, Bangladesh Bank, Bangladesh Securities and Exchange Commission (BSEC), Insurance Development and Regulatory Authority (IDRA), Investment Corporation of Bangladesh (ICB), including all state-owned and government banks; The ‘Pratyaya’ is applicable for new officers and employees of all government universities including Dhaka University, all corporations including General Insurance Corporation, Petrobangla, Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), BSTI and 403 organizations and institutions.

It was also informed that 90 out of 403 institutions have only pension system in place. The journey of universal pension system started with four different programs (schemes). These are Pragati, Surakkha,  Probash and Samata.

After Saturday's meeting with Obaidul Quader, a meeting of Bangladesh University Teachers Association Federation was held online on Sunday.

When asked about this after the meeting, President of the Federation of University Teachers' Association and Professor of Shahjalal Science and Technology University Akhtarul Islam said, "Since our demands have not been met, our agitation is going on and will continue." However, in yesterday's meeting, our written statement was accepted and said, it will be presented to the Prime Minister. So we hope that our demands will be met.

Not only the 'Pratyaya' program of universal pension is cancelled, teachers of all the public universities of the country are fighting for a total of three demands. The other two are inclusion of university teachers in super grade and separate pay structure for teachers.

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BNP wants to turn the quota issue into an anti-government movement: Quader



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General Secretary of Bangladesh Awami League and Minister of Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said that the anti-quota movement is a non-political movement. But the BNP and its allies are trying to turn this movement into an anti-government movement. He said this in a statement on Sunday (July 14).

In the statement, he called upon the common students and countrymen to be careful against the conspiracies and tricks of a certain group including the BNP regarding the anti-quota movement of the students.

In the statement, he said, the anti-quota movement is a non-political movement. But the BNP and its allies are trying to turn this movement into an anti-government movement. Since the start of the anti-quota movement, BNP leaders have been inciting through speeches and statements.

He also said, why should the government deal with a non-political movement politically? The government has no intention of dealing with the anti-quota movement politically. Earlier, BNP and its allies have failed in all movements. Now they are banking on this anti-quota movement of students and trying to use it as a political tool.

Obaidul Quader said in the statement, "We have called upon the protesting students to be patient. The issue of quota in government jobs is pending in court. The government has nothing to do here. Therefore, I am calling on them to go back to the educational institutions without giving any anti-government speech at the instigation of anyone, avoiding programs that cause public suffering.

In the statement, he said, Awami League is always sincere towards the logical demands of the people of the country. No logical demand was ever ignored by the Awami League. Bangladesh Awami League is always working to build a well developed and prosperous state by holding the hopes and aspirations of the people.

He said, "I will again call upon the agitating students to trust Sheikh Hasina, the successful statesman, the shaper of Digital Bangladesh."

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