Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presents the proposed national budget for 2019-20 fiscal. Photo: Video grab of BTV WorldThe 48th national budget of Tk 5.23 trillion (5,23,190 crore) for the 2019-20 fiscal was placed in parliament on Thursday.
Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal started presenting the national budget with a deficit of Tk 1.45 trillion (Tk 1,45,380 crore) in the House around 3:07pm.
As he was having problems in placing the budget due to illness, prime minister Sheikh Hasina stepped in, saying the minister was unable to read out the budget speech.
“If the Speaker allows me, I can read it out,” she said.
Finally, she started placing the rest of the budget on behalf of the finance minister after speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury gave her the go-ahead.
After the budget speech by the prime minister, the finance minister placed the Finance Bill before
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