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Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership. Farmer’s association should be formed in order to get fair price of their production.
In order to ensure accessibility of poor and marginalized people towards education and health facilities, Primary, Secondary Education and Health Sectors have to be excluded from Public-Private Partnership (PPP). It has been mentioned in the budget for a legal framework of PPP and there should be outlined clear roles and responsibilities of government and private entrepreneurs.  Without having a legal regulatory of framework, there should not be any control of government upon this Public-Private Partnership sector. Today, (17 June 2009) prominent economist of Bangladesh and chief speaker of the round table seminar, Dr. Qazi  Kholiquzzaman Ahmed “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh. addressed in the round table discussion titled “National Budget Review 2009-10;Agriculture, Food sovereignty and priority of public service sectors” at VIP lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka Bangladesh.

In this post-budget review roundtable seminar Honorable Deputy Speaker Colonel (retd) Shawkat Ali was present as chief guest. D. Farash Uddin Ahmed, ex-governor of Bangladesh Bank, Advocate Fazle Rabbi Mia -MP, Advocate Khan Tipu Sultan-MP, Monower Hossain Chowdhury–MP and Abdul Mannan, former law-maker and state minister for civil aviation and tourism addressed the round table discussion as special guests. Mr. K.G.M Faroque, Executive Board member of SUPRO has moderated over the seminar while welcome speech was delivered by Uma Chowdhury, Director of SUPRO. A position paper incorporating the comments and recommendations from districts networking partners on newly declared budget 2009-10 was jointly presented by Lawrence Besra and Basanti Saha, Program Coordinator of SUPRO to initiate the discussion of the seminar. Besides that districts leaders of SUPRO network also participated at the seminar.   It is to be noted that SUPRO has organized pre-budget and post-budget seminars at 43 districts before organizing this national post- budget review seminar.
 
Deputy Speaker Colonel (retd) Shawkat Ali has said that to eradicate poverty of Bangladesh One Family One Farm initiative is really praiseworthy but for its implementation it has to be ensured health, education and employment along with other citizen’s facilities of those families. He has put especial emphasis on public administration for an effective implementation of Budget.
D. Farash Uddin Ahmed has stressed that farmer’s association should be formed in order to get fair price of their production. Food storages have to build for farmers for preservation of food grains so that they need not to be enslaved by the middlemen and intermediaries. We should work for poverty eradication rather than working on poverty alleviation.
Advocate Fazle Rabbi Miah said that Community Clinic will be begun again to ensure poor people’s health services. An MBBS doctor will provide health advice and treatment at least once in a month and a health assistant like paramedic along with a family planning assistant will provide daily health related services to ensure quality health services to rural people.
Advocate Tipu Sultan said that in this year’s budget taka 700 crore has been allocated to cope with the impact of climate change. He has also recalled that in the last year of the budget 2008-2009 taka 300 crore has also been allocated to cope with climate change, but due to unavailability of any strategic paper it has not been properly utilized. He has proposed to add the unspent money with newly allocated money and urged to formulate strategic viewpoint to spend the money accordingly.

Monwar Hossain Chowdhury said that the interest rate of 13.9 percent in the Budget 2009-2010 which has been settled of the previous loan that Bangladesh Government received. He has also added that we are opposed all conditional loan and in future Bangladesh Government has to depart the tendency to receive any kinds of foreign loan.
Abdul Mannan said that actual tax payers will be discouraged for giving the opportunity to make black money into white money. And the rate of taxation rate should be 25-30 percent to make white money from black.  He has also stressed that there has to be strong regulation  in this regard.
In this round table seminar, SUPRO district leaders like as, Shawkat Ali-Sirjganj, Abdul Latif- Jessore, M A Salam- Pabna, Madhab Chandra Datta- Sathkhira and SUPRO executive board memebr Sharifa Khaton- Jhenaidah, and Manju Rani Pramanik have also delivered their speeches on  budget implications. The round table discussion also addressed among others including Noresh Modhu, Jayed Iqbal Khan-president of Farmers Federation and Subol Sarker President of Landless Somity.  Besides that National Council member of SUPRO Hosne Ara Hasi- Barguna, Matiur Rahman- Dinajpur and Daisy Ahmed- Natore were present in the round table seminar.

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