This year’s proposed allocation is Tk36 crore lower than the outgoing year’s, reports UNB
Allocation for the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry has been reduced in the national budget for the FY21 compared to the outgoing financial year.
“I propose to allocate a total of Tk9,836 crore for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year for disaster management and relief, which was Tk9,872 crore in current fiscal 2019-20,” said Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal while presenting the budget in the parliament on Thursday.
This year’s proposed allocation is Tk36 crore lower than the outgoing year’s, reports UNB.
In his budget speech, Kamal said Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to natural disasters due to global climate change.
“In the past few years, we have been moving away from traditional disaster management and focusing more on reducing disaster risks and improving adaptability and resilience. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have quickly expanded our humanitarian relief and support activities,” he added.
In the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, the minister said, the government has planned to procure additional 200,000 metric tons of paddy and rice above than its regular procurement targets.
“We have established a National Disaster Response Coordination Cell (NDRCC) to transmit coordinated early warnings and critical disaster information to the grassroots level. Bangladesh has been successful in engaging volunteers during disasters,” the minister added.
Kamal said a total of 56,000 volunteers have already been given training and provided with necessary rescue equipment, and a database of them has been prepared while as many as 35,000 urban volunteers have been specially trained for disaster response in urban areas.
Besides, Bangladesh has become a role model of humanitarian support provider in the world by providing safe shelter, food, healthcare service, among others, to the 1.1 million Rohingyas who were forcefully dislodged from their homes in Myanmar.
“We will continue with this gesture of humanitarian response in the coming fiscal year as well,” Kamal added.