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`the government will not be able to get public support’



Live Correspondent: BNP on Monday termed unrealistic the government’s projection that the country will have a 7.24 percent GDP growth this fiscal year, and said it is spreading lies about it in a bid to get public support.

‘The Planning Minister at a media briefing yesterday (Sunday) claimed that the country’s GDP growth will reach 7.24 percent this fiscal year. The statistics is nothing but part of the government’s falsehood, and it has no relation with the reality,’ said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reports UNB.

He came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.

The BNP leader said the government will not be able to get public support with its ‘untruth’ GDP growth rate statics as people do not believe it. ‘People will reject them (govt) further for their false and fabricated statistics.’

Briefing reporters after a meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) on Sunday, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said Bangladesh’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth will reach 7.24 per cent this fiscal year breaking all the previous records. The GDP growth was 7.11 percent in the fiscal year 2015-16.

Turning down the government’s GDP projection, Rizvi said the government is resorting to lies over the GDP growth rate as it has destroyed the country’s economy. ‘The World Bank in a report projected that Bangladesh’s GDP growth will be 6.8 percent in the current 2016-17 fiscal year.’

The BNP leader said the country’s GDP growth will even be lower than the World Bank’s projection as the economic sector has been put in peril through widespread corruption.

Narrating a sordid sate of the country’s economy, he said state banks have been plundered by ruling party men while local and foreign investment has come down to zero percent and the flow of foreign remittance is falling gradually.

‘The RMG sector has been heading towards an uncertainty for lack of an investment-friendly environment. The investors have got worried over the news of siphoning off huge amount of money. Under the circumstances, there is no similarity between the reality and the GDP growth projection.’


Dhaka, 14 May, ( //MH

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