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Monday, June 22, 2015, Ashar 8, 1422 BS, Ramadan 4, 1436 Hijr

?Five-year plan misses environment question?
Staff Correspondent
Published : Monday, 22 June, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 13
Environmentalists and experts have expressed their concern as there was no reflection of environment development and preservation in the seventh five year plan that will be implemented from next month.
They raised their concern at a press conference on "Proposed national budget 2015-16: how much it is environment- friendly" organized by Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (BAPA) at the Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday.
Eminent columnist Syed Abul Maksud who presided over the press conference, said that the budget should be framed considering the coordination between development planning and environment preservation.
"Traditional budget won't fulfil nation's expectation. The budget should be framed keeping in mind long time future vision," he said.
Dr Md Abdul Matin, General Secretary of BAPA, said that earlier two budgets gave stress on environment development but the present proposed budget has not given importance to environment.  
He also said that environment issue is a multi-level one and considering it policy makers should frame the budget.
Mentioning the proposed budget of 2015-2016, he said that it had not given importance to climate change which had drawn huge attention nationally and internationally.
He urged government to give emphasis on environment before setting up any plans and work activities for overall development.
He also noted that the implementation of seventh five year plan will start on July 2015 in which there is no room for environment development and preservation.
Referring to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, he said that this ministry had important role to address climate change in Bangladesh.
"Bangladesh should take the lead role in addressing climate change in national and international level as it is one of the worst victims across the globe due to climate change," he said.

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