MNA Business Desk: The cabinet at its special meeting on Thursday approved the proposed budget for the new fiscal year 2017-18.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting held at the cabinet room of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban.
The cabinet also endorsed the Appropriation (supplementary) Bill- 2017, and the Appropriation Bill-2017.
Finance minister AMA Muhith and other cabinet ministers and state ministers concerned attended the meeting.
However, the budget has special significance as it is being placed ahead of the 2019 elections. This is Muhith’s ninth budget in a row and 11th in total. He prepared two budgets when H M Ershad was in power.