Dhaka — The Tele Consumers Association of Bangladesh (TCAB) has demanded an increase in the budget allocation for the fiscal year 2021-22 with special emphasis on the information and communication technology sector to build a better, happier-prosperous, hunger, and poverty-free Bangladesh.
On Sunday, the convener of a notification Murshidul Haque made this demand. He said Tk 1,415 crore was allocated in the budget for 2020-21 for the development of the country's IT sector, which is 18.6 percent more than the revised budget for FY 19-20, but not enough for a populous and technologically backward country like Bangladesh.
It is questionable how far the target of raising the country's IT and ICT sector revenue from $1 billion to $5 billion by 2021 has been achieved.
Murshidul Haque said the whole world is moving forward at a breakneck pace with the advancement of technology. China has emerged as a new superpower as a result of China's revolutionary rise in technology.
Along with Japan and South Korea, Vietnam has also made great strides in the production and export of technology products along with the garment sector. The Bangladesh government is also trying to take the country forward in the technology sector. However, in order to succeed in this case, we need to take effective measures quickly through a concerted effort.
They put forward 5-point proposals for consideration in the budget. The suggestions are:
Special allocation in information and communication technology for primary and higher secondary level students. Thousands of young people have benefited from the training through the Learning and Learning Development Project. The project has expired. In this case, it is important for the educated youth to take up new training projects on a larger scale.
To attract local and foreign technology companies for the production of technology products by setting up high-tech parks under construction all over the country and to take special measures for the production and export of technology products in the country.
Freelancing with special importance to eliminate various problems of freelancers and launch PayPal in the country. This is because buyers in Europe-America-Canada-Australia prefer to use PayPal for their payments. In this case, Bangladeshi freelancers do not have a PayPal account, so freelancers from other countries get more benefits.
Nowadays online shopping has gained wide popularity in the country. In order to protect the interests of consumers in this sector, it is necessary to amend the Consumer Rights Protection Act 2009 and make the National Consumer Rights Protection Department is more people-friendly and strong. Supporting government-sponsored new entrepreneurs.
Lockdown in the Corona epidemic since last year has brought a lot of stagnation across the country. Although there are some benefits to using technology in this case. Therefore, it is time to spread a strong mobile network and readily available internet services across the country. Besides, special allocation is required in the budget to make all sectors of the country more technology-friendly including education, health, and judiciary.