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Fiscal Accountability and the Parliament: The Case of Budget Making Process in Bangladesh

Monthly Bangladesh Economic Update, July 2017

July 2017

The Unnayan Onneshan (UO), an independent multidisciplinary think-tank, in its July 2017 issue of Bangladesh Economic Update, states that lack of fiscal accountability due to limited role of the parliament in budget making process together with constitutional and systematic rigidities results in inefficiency, poor implementation of budget and misuse of public resources.

To deal with the problem, the research organization calls for immediate adoption of necessary reform measures that may include revision of budget-related constitutional provisions, expansion of scope of parliamentary surveillance over fiscal management, and strengthening of concerned parliamentary standing committee.

The think tank finds that the status of budget implementation is on the decline since FY 2010-11. Of the total budget outlay, 97.05 percent was implemented in FY 2010-11, whereas the rate subsequently decreased to 93.18 percent, 90.76 percent, 84.59 percent, and 81.59 percent in FY 2011-12, FY 2012-13, FY 2013-14, and FY 2014-15 respectively.

 

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