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Upper 10 percent of Bangladeshi people have been gaining resources, said Dr Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economic Division of Planning Ministry, on Tuesday.  
He also said that the bottom layer's 40 per cent population are losing resources gradually while remaining 50 per cent of middle class people's income remained stagnant.
Dr Shamsul Alam was speaking at a roundtable discussion on "Inclusive Growth for Shared Prosperity" at AF Conference Hall of Faculty of Business Studies of University of Dhaka. Dean of the faculty, Professor Shibli Rubayat Ul Islam, chaired the roundtable.
Former governor of the Bangladesh Bank Dr Atiur Rahman moderated the discussion.
Dr Shamsul Alam said, share of 10 per cent top layer income group's resources in national income went up to 38.16 per cent at end of 2016 from 37.64 per cent in 2005.
The share of bottom layer's 40 per cent population's resources declined to 13.01 per cent in 2016 from 14.36 per cent in 2005 and 18 per cent in 1985-86, he said.
He said the share of the middle class, 50 per cent of the country's population,   
remained stagnant at 48 per cent around of national income.
Speakers at the roundtable have discussed that matters of inequality prevails in the country and recommended various ways and means to overcome it.
They said the perception of inequality entails income, healthcare facilities and its availability, social security, education, employment and justice.
Dr Atiur Rahman said proper regulation of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is inevitable to reduce inequality fairly.
"In India last year, CSR funds accumulated to 73,000 Rupees due to proper regulation. The funds help the government spending those for the poor by creating healthcare facilities, education and sanitation infrastructures. We have a lot to learn from them," he said.
Anis Ud Dowla, Chairman of ACI Group, said a huge number of unemployed people have become burden for the country. "They are unskilled and they are unemployable. We have to think of them right now to reduce inequality," he said.
State Minister for Planning and Finance M A Mannan, FBCCI Director Priti Chakraborty, Bangladesh Securities & Exchange Commission (BSEC) Member Prof. Dr. Swapan Kumar Bala and Bank Asia Representative Moshiur Rahman spoke, among others.
A host of foreign academics, businesses and government officials joined the roundtable.

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