SUPRO has organized a Press Conference on the eve of National Budget declaration for the financial year 2017-18 aims to Demand increasing budget to ensure Tax Justice, health, education and social protection for sustainable development on May 16, 2017 at Dhaka Reporters Unity Auditorium. The press conference was chaired by SUPRO’s Chairperson S.M. Harun Or Rashid Lal. The moderator of the press conference was M A Quader, General Secretary, SUPRO. Vice Chairperson of SUPRO Manju Rani Pramanik was read the key note paper of the press conference.
In the press conference, the speakers said, it is no doubt a laudable initiative taken by the government that the upcoming budget will give preference on direct tax collection for the revenue generation rather than indirect tax. But to achieve this target tax administration has to be more efficient and competent so that there will be less dependency on indirect tax instead of direct tax. To implement the new VAT effectively it needs anintegrated coordination between business people’s tax officials specially NBR. If the VAT law won’t implement properly the negative impact will be disastrous for the general consumers.
On 15 May 2017 a project briefing event was organized in SUPRO Secretariat to disseminate the campaign focus and expected outcome of the project within the members of National Committee of SUPRO.The project was briefly narrated in the event. All the project activities and implementation strategy was shared in the meeting. Oxfam representatives, district campaigners under SUPRO district council members, national council members, SUPRO Secretariat staffs were participated in the project briefing meeting. Total participants were 24, among them 6 female and 18 male. The event was chaired by Mr. S.M. Harun Or Rashid Lal, SUPRO Chairperson. The inaugural speech was delivered by M A Quader, General Secretary of SUPRO. An action plan was developed through the opinion of the participants.
SUPRO has organized a post budget analysis Press Conference in Dhaka Reporters Unity Conference Room on 11th June 2016, Saturday where SUPRO Chairperson Ahmed Swapan Mahmud was in chair and moderated the session and SUPRO National Council member Manju Rani Pramanik read the key note paper.
In the press conference the speakers said, budget is very innovative as per the demand and needs of of the people, but it would be very difficult to implement the budget properly. During the previous times, we have seen, development budget has not implemented properly in all time. SUPRO is wanting to innovate these areas of implemenetiona mechanism so that the proposed budget will have to be implemnted properly and effectively. The target of GDP 8% has an uphill task but we are hopeful, if the implementing authorities and institutions can do their job properly then it will may have some positive effect during budget implementation phases.