img 1Sushahsoner Jonno Procharavizan (SUPRO) & World Vision Bangladesh has jointly organized a lobby meeting with Parliamentary Caucus on 9th May 2015 at Oath Room, National Parliament. They argued for increasing the budgetary allocation for Education sector, Social Safety Net, Agriculture and particularly in health sector to improve the quality of healthcare and child healthcare services for people living in rural and remote char areas.

Former deputy speaker and chairman of parliamentary caucus on national planning and budget affairs Colonel ( Rtd) Shawl-tat Ali chaired the program where State Minister for Finance and Planning M A Mannan was present as chief guest and General Secretary of Parliamentary Caucus MP Nazmul Haq Pradhan moderated the program. Representatives of NGOs, CSOs, Govt., Media and SUPRO National Council members were also present there. Chandan Z. Gomes, Advocacy Director of World Vision Bangladesh made his welcome speech at the beginning of the function. Campaign Cooerdinator of SUPRO Ms. Shakera Nahar presented the Position Paper. Dr. M. Abu Eusuf, professor of Development Studies at Dhaka University, presented a keynote paper on “Analysis and recommendation: National Health Budget" Dr. M. Abu Eusuf said the size of the health budget was 8.55 percent of the total budget in 2005-06 fiscal which came down to 4.4 percent in 2014-15 fiscal year.

img 2“The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the developing countries to allocate 15 percent of their budget for the health sector. Bangladesh will meet this target possibly by 2032,” he added. The speakers also urged the government to root out corruption from the health sector as corruption and mismanagement are the major barriers to Providing quality healthcare to common people. StateMinister for Finance and Planning M A Mannan said the government has made significant improvement in the country's socio-economic sector, “But we have to go long way to meet all our needs." The state minister also pointed out that the health sectors lacks sufficient number of nurses, but this issue will be addressed soon. Former deputy speaker. Shawkat Ali said, “If we fail to root out irregularities in our management system,even a larger budget will not help meet people’s needs.” Lawmakers Rustom Ali Forazi, Kazi Rozi, Lutfa Taher, Selina Jahan Lita and Mushtaq Ahmed Robi also spoke on the program among others.

img 3img 4SUPRO’s demand & recommendation to the budgetary CACUS:
Take the opportunity to discuss the above grassroots demands  in current parliamentary session
Expecting to see the effective participation of CACUS member in the upcoming five year plan & national budget formulation
CACUS should be more functional and active in addressing grassroots demands and aspiration in national planning and budget during the parliamentary session.
Initiate regular dialogue/sharing meeting with grassroots civil society organizations, learn their hope and aspirations, and share with the concerned departments/ ministries/ institutions.
Diligent initiative would be taken to involve grassroots civil societies in the consultation process for the preparation of the 7th five year plan & budget formulation 2015-16.

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