img 1“Have to ensure good governance at all levels for inclusive and sustainable development” with this purview a Press Conference has organized by SUPRO on the eve of the next financial year 2018-2019 held on 9th May 2018 at Roundtable Auditorium, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka. The press conference is presided over by Manju Rani Pramanik, Vice Chairperson of SUPRO. The press conference moderated by M A Quader, General Secretary of SUPRO. Md. Azmal Hossain, Project Coordinator of SUPRO has read out the paper of the press conference. “Have to ensure good governance at all levels for inclusive and sustainable development” with this purview a Press Conference has organized by SUPRO on the eve of the next financial year 2018-2019 held on 9th May 2018 at Roundtable Auditorium, Dhaka Reporters Unity, Dhaka. The press conference is presided over by Manju Rani Pramanik, Vice Chairperson of SUPRO. The press conference moderated by M A Quader, General Secretary of SUPRO. Md. Azmal Hossain, Project Coordinator of SUPRO has read out the paper of the press conference. 

M A Quader said, to make SDGs achievable we have to finance from our own resources. Alongside we have to keep emphasized on proper monitoring of SDGs implementation. SUPRO has been campaigning nationwide on SDGs Goal 1,2,3,4,5,10,13,16 and 17 respectively since the very beginning of SDGs promulgation. He also said, to implement SDGs properly sector wise allocation in the budget framework is very essential. 

Manju Rani Pramanik said, we have to be careful about smooth implement process of budget allocation so that it can avoid wastage of moneys. 

img 2SUPRO assumes, we have to face enormous challenges to become middle income country from the LDCs e.g. we won’t get loan with minimum interests, to reduce trade facilities as we used to get as a LDCs. It needs a coordinated plan from the government side to face the imminent challenges. As a result, to ensure good governance at all levels besides institutional reforms measures. 

The range of taxation on tobacco materials have to be increased so that it can have reduced the usages of tobacco items. It has caused huge financial damages every year. Illness and premature death caused 158.6 billion taka per year for usages of tobacco. 

Speakers also have mentioned, not only increasing the budget but also have to ensure proper and effective implementation of the people’s tax payer’s money. So that, it can be ensured the service delivery by essential service sectors specially health and education along with imperative service sectors. Through this aspect the tax justice will also have to be reflected. 

Implementation of the budget is a constant challenge. Year after year the range of implementation of the budget has been decreasing with significant amounts. 93% budget were implemented in the year 2011-12 financial year, in 2015-16 it was 78& and the last financial year 2016-17 the rate were 71% only. Unless full implement of the budget it could bring expected results at all. As a result we won’t be able to SDGs goals and associated targets. 

Recommendations from SUPRO:

  1. To formulate direct tax ridden budget; ensure public service delivery in lieu of tax payers money and to decentralize tax administration;
  2. To remove VAT on daily essentials services and products;
  3. To take strict measures to prevent corporate tax evasion and have to re-evaluate multinational companies tax rebate;
  4. Tobacco tax law and structure is very complex in our country. It has to be up to date;
  5. Allocate at least 20% of budget in education sector and 6% of GDP. The ratios between teacher-student have to be 1:30 and ensured. 
  6. Have to recognize health rights is a basic constitutional rights; at 3% of GDP and 10% if total budget has to be allocated in education sector;
  7. Separate agricultural budget has to be formulated as per the demands and aspiration of grassroots farmers; 
  8. Have to create data bank for the extreme poor as a “Targeted Intervention”;
  9. Agri-insurance and Cooperative agriculture has to be initiated considering the worst effects of climate changes;
  10. Take appropriate steps to ensure sector wise allocation of SDGs and formulate right policies for preventing inequality for greater development.
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