The first budget session of the 11th parliament got underway with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin in the chair at 5:00pm on Tuesday.
The first budget session will continue till July 11. The session will resume at 3pm every (working) day. Before the House went into the session, the business advisory committee of parliament sat in a meeting to fix the duration and businesses of the session.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Raushon Ershad, Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Obaidul Quader, Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Huq Inu, M Fazle Rabbi Miah, Anisul Huq, Anisul Islam Mahmud and Nur-E-Alam Chowdhury were present in the meeting.
After the beginning of the session, Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury nominated the names of panel chairmen who will conduct the house proceedings in chronological order in absence of the speaker and deputy speaker.
The panel chairmen are Rafiqul Islam, AB Tajul Islam, Habibe Mollat, Kazi Firoz Rashid and Meher Afroz Chumki MPs. According to the decision of the BAC, the budget session will begin around 3:00pm every day and the session will continue on the weekly holidays on June 22 and 29.
Discussion on the supplementary budget for 2018-19 fiscal will be passed on June 17 after the discussion on June 16, according to the parliamentary secretary source.
President Abdul Hamid on May 13 last summoned the third session (Budget, 2019) of the 11th parliament exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the constitution. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will place the proposed national budget in the House on Thursday.
The size of the budget for the upcoming 2019-20 fiscal year will cross Tk 5 lakh crore (5 trillion). The supplementary budget will be passed on June 17 after discussions on June 16. The Finance Bill will be passed on June 29 while the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year will be passed on June 30.