Dhaka, Jun 25 (UNB) – Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) chief Dr AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Monday demanded construction of 5,000-bed hospitals for senior citizens in the divisional cities.
Speaking at a discussion on budget, he urged the government to raise tax-free income celling to Tk 8 lakh for senior citizens since most of their income is spent for treatment.
BDB and Juktafront jointly organised the discussion at the Jatiya Press Club.
Chowdhury, also a former president, opposed scopes for whitening black money en masse in the proposed budget.
He urged the government to take immediate steps to form a separate commission for the capital market and banking sector.
The BDB chief thanked the government for proposing creation of tax centres in upazilas, and said incentives should be given to the tax payers at upazila level to encourage them.
Praising the government for proposing to slash prices of cancer medicines in the budget, B Chowdhury urged the government to reduce the prices of medicines of diabetics, high blood pressure, heart, and kidney and liver diseases by 50 percent.
He appreciated the government for increasing the allowances for freedom fighters and elderly people.
B Chowdhury, however, said there is no strong step visible in the budget for the development of education.
He called upon the government to be more sincere in resolving the problems of farmers and keep the prices of agricultural products stable.