The speaker inaugurated the budget help desk

Budget Help Desk- 2024 was inaugurated by the Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury. The Help Desk has been created as part of the strategic plan for Public Financial Management (PFM) reforms.

The Speaker inaugurated the Budget Help Desk at the Jatiya Sangsad Bhawan on Wednesday (June 5). It has been organized by Bangladesh Institute of Parliamentary Studies with the technical support of European Union.

In the speech of the chief guest in the opening ceremony, the Speaker said, ‘Budget Help Desk effectively provides answers to various queries related to the budget of the parliamentarians by providing information and data. This help desk will play a leading role in motivating the members of parliament to participate in constructive and lively discussions on the budget.

Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury said, ‘Budget help desk can play a very helpful role for those who are elected to Parliament for the first time. The effectiveness of the Budget Help Desk will be increased through the full participation of the Members of Parliament.

He said, ‘Bangladesh Institute of Parliamentary Studies (BIPS) was established by law in 2001. At present, the scope of work of the National Parliament has increased. Through BIPS, cooperation will be provided on various issues related to the Parliament, including the budget.

The speaker thanked the European Union for their cooperation.

Additional Secretary MA Kamal Billah presided over the inauguration ceremony. KM Abdus Salam, Senior Secretary of the Jatiya Sangsad Secretariat gave the welcome speech. Special guests were European Union Counselor Michal Kreja and Finance Ministry Secretary Khairuzzaman Majumder. In addition, the European Union’s chief expert on parliamentary affairs. Khandkar Ghulam Moazzem made the opening speech on Budget Help Desk.

The program was also attended by Deputy Speaker Shamsul Haque Tuku, Chief Whip Noor-e-Alam Chowdhury, State Minister for Planning Md. Shahiduzzaman Sarkar, Whip Iqbalur Rahim, Whip Saimum Sarwar Kamal, Whip Nazrul Islam Babu and Whip Sanjida Khanam.

In the speech of the special guest, the Head of Development Cooperation and Counselor of the European Union, Michal Kreja, said that through the Budget Help Desk, members of parliament can get important information about the budget process. He expressed hope that the budget help desk will be successful this year as well.

President of the Standing Committee on Estimated Accounts AB Tajul Islam, President of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism Sajjadul Hasan, President of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Government Institutions Abul Kalam Azad, President of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Public Administration Dr. Md. Sadiq, President of the Standing Committee on Government Commitments Mahibur Rahman Manik, Latif Siddiqui and others.