The Bangladesh Parliament met for the first time on Monday (23 June) since the constitutional changes last January which created a one-party presidential system.
The Bangladesh Parliament met for the first time on Monday (23 June) since the constitutional changes last January which created a one-party presidential system. The Press has been barred from reporting the proceedings.
The new Parliament had no opposition, since under demanded constitution all members have to join one party. The new leader of the house was Prime Minister Mansoor Ali, who was elected by the Bangladesh Krishak Sramik Awami League Parliamentary Party to succeed Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Sheikh Mujibur gave up his parliamentary seat after assuming office as president.
The President announced on Monday that Bangladesh will have a new system of administration with the country divided into 60 districts. Dacca, the capital, and seat of Parliament, has been integrated into the new system and will be known as the Dacca Metropolitan District.
One of the speakers at the opening session was Finance Minister, Dr. A. Mullick. He said the Government had decided to release GBP2,300,000 sterling for building offices and living quarters in the new districts.
He presented the Budget for the coming fiscal year and said that there will be no direct tax levied on the people in the next year's budget. He said tax revenue would be increased but this would be earned mostly from import-export duty.