Bangladesh’s 2022-23 budget should focus on creating jobs for the marginalized: Debapriya

The upcoming national budget for 2022-2023 should focus on creating jobs and controlling inflation for the survival of marginalized people, said Debapriya Bhattacharya, Head of Citizen Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh.

People in general are struggling hard as commodity prices have risen faster than their incomes in recent years, he said.

The first priority should be job creation, he said, adding that it should be clear in the budget how many jobs will be created, how many by the private sector and how many through entrepreneurship.

The government can expand the scope of open market sales of the Trading Corporation of Bangladesh and increase the allocation for the social safety net, Bhattacharya said.

The budget must be inclusive so that all marginalized people are taken into account and have a way forward, he added.

Transgender people still live in a difficult situation as they have no right to live with their families and therefore deserve an incentive, said Robaet Ferdous, a professor in the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka. .

The government recognized them in 2011, but they now need a specialized SME loan to start small businesses, he said.

Homeowners don’t allow transgender people into their space normally, so separate accommodation is needed for them and the government can allocate funds here, the professor said.

Entrepreneurs should be encouraged to give jobs to transgender people, he added.

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