The cultural activists present at the press conference, led by the organization’s president Golam Kuddus, criticized the eight percent cut to the Ministry of Culture in the FY2019-20 proposed budget. They also demanded that at least one percent of the total budget—Tk5231.9 crore—be allocated to the culture sector. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal unveiled a Tk523,190 crore proposed budget for FY2019-20 in the parliament on Thursday. Last year, the proposed budget was Tk510 crore and the revised budget was Tk625 crore – which is eight percent less than last year. Sommilito Sangskritik Jote President Golam Kuddus said at the press conference: “This sector has never been given proper importance.
Source: Dhaka Tribune June 15, 2019 11:48 UTC