Minority community people say that in the year 2019-20 fiscal year, the minority community has been discriminated against in the national budget and through this budget, the Awami League government has clearly displayed their communal character in front of the public.
431 crore taka for the construction of the mosque in the ongoing budget but there is no allocation for the construction of temples, churches and pagodas.
In the year 2019-20, a total of Tk 431 crore seven lakhs have been allocated for setting up 560 model mosques and cultural centers in the district and upazilas, but there is no budget allocation for setting up temples, pagodas, churches and cultural centers for Hindu, Buddhist and Christian communities.
The budget of the Ministry of Religions in the budget of this fiscal year 1 thousand 337 crore and 92 lakhs takas. In which development budget of 1074.47 crore Takas. In the development budget, Tk 1009 crore and 15 lakhs Taka will be spent only on the Islamic Foundation and Islamic Religious Project.
According to the constitution’s promise, the state is committed to see all citizens equally regardless of caste. In the Ministry of Religions, the per capita allocation of the majority of the population, from 11 to 12 taka, per capita allocation of minority population is only 3 taka.
This year, the government has announced an allocation of Tk 380 crore for child education and mass education programs for mosque-based children. Of which only 65 crore has been announced for minorities. 62 crore taka in temple based children and mass education program and only 3 crore taka in pre-primary education based on Pagoda.
In the non-implementation budget, only 2% of the total amount of money is reserved for the minorities in the amount of 263 crores 65 lakhs. Although, in the fiscal year 2018-19, the budget allocated 171 crore 53 lakh taka, but the budget of this year is only 70.54 crore taka.. Proportional rate was 11% in the last year, but in the present budget only 5 % for minorities. There is no allocation for pilgrimage for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, although there is an allocation of Rs 69.75 crore for Muslims for Hajj. There is 1.46 crore taka allocation for the national Baitul Mukarram Mosque but no any allocation money for Hindu-Buddhist-Christian central worship, in this budget.
In order to run special activities, the proposal for allocation of 23 crore and 2 lakhs taka for the Imam Training Academy, but there is no such allocation for Hindus, Buddhists and Christians.
Report by: Nihar Ranjan Biswas, chief media coordinator of World Hindu Struggle Committee.