Health Desk- 13 June, 2019: Bangladesh Bank former Governor Dr. Atiur Rahman highlighted the urgency for increasing budgetary allocation to education sector to continue its growth which will ultimately help the country to promote sustainable development.
He also emphasised on specific fiscal policy for attaining universal health coverage while addressing a pre-budget meeting in the capital recently, said a news release on Wednesday.
Aitur, also a professor of Dhaka University, presented a keynote on macroeconomic challenges in budget at a meeting organised by Campaign for Good Governance (SUPRO) at Bangladesh Medical Association in the capital’s Topkhana Road.
“Government has been allocating commendable shares of the national budget for sectors like education and health. However, these still remain lower than the global norms and hence the amount must be increased,” said Atiur.
“The government ought to allocate 6 percent of its GDP for education and 3 percent of GDP for health,” Atiur explained in his keynote presentation.
Among others, Oxfam Campaign Manager Monzur Rashid, Action Aid Bangladesh Director Asgar Ali Sabri spoke in the meeting chaired by Supro Chairperson Abdul Awal.