Parliament’s finance and trade committees remain silent

Those concerned believe that there should be discussions on the state of the economy and the market several times a month in the permanent parliamentary committees of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Commerce. They say that parliamentary committees can make recommendations to the competent parliamentary committees. But the two important committees are inactive.

The meeting of the parliamentary committee on the Ministry of Finance in February discussed the draft law on the organization of trade. After that, for the past three months, the committee has not held any meetings. Last year (2021), this committee did not hold any meetings. One of the committee members, AKM Bahauddin, speaking to Prothom Alo, said the committee held few meetings due to corona.

The meeting of the permanent parliamentary committee of the Ministry of Commerce, during its October 2020 meeting, addressed the issues of commodity prices. At the meeting, it was said that in order to maintain the stability of the potato and onion market, he had ordered that applications for the various products be evaluated at least five to six months in advance. advance. He also recommended that talks be held with both retailers and wholesalers and importers to avoid any crisis and also to maintain sufficient stock supply. The committee also recommended that if such a situation arises, a meeting should be organized between the ministers and the secretaries of the ministries of finance, trade, agriculture and food to identify the problems and take measures to overcome them.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) regularly publishes a research report on the Jatiya Sangsad and the activities of parliamentary committees.

TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman told Prothom Alo that parliamentary standing committees should give importance to discussing issues related to national interest. The state of the economy is now widely debated. The government should also talk about it. Standing parliamentary committees can provide the government with recommendations on initiatives that can be taken in the situation. This is within their jurisdiction.