Sushahsoner 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.
SUPRO organized its National Pre- Budget Discussion Meeting 2015 on 31st march 2015 at the daily star building. SUPRO prepared the recommendations after organizing pre-budget discussions in 45 districts across the country, to provide input to the next budget to be announced in June this year. Mr. Alison Subrata Baroi moderated the Discussion while Ms. Shamima Akhter Moonmoon gave welcome speech. Mr. Mir Shawkat Ali Badshah MP & Vice Chairman, Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget; Mr. Fazle Hosen Badshah MP & Vice Chairman, Parliamentary Caucus on National Planning and Budget and Begum Selina Begum MP, Member, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Health & Family Planning were the respected special guests. Except this Mr. Chandan Z. Gomes, Advocacy Director of World Vision Bangladesh and SUPRO National Council Member Ms. Sharifa Khatun, Mr. Lalit C. Chakma and Mr. M.A. Salam were the valued discussant.
Budget Alliance Group (Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha), a forum with representation of 27 development and rights organizations organized a press conference on 24 March 2015 at Conference Hall of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity. They pointed out following demands. Most of the organizations in the alliance have been advocating to prioritize poor and marginalized people’s especially farmers, laborers, indigenous people, physically and mentally challenged, dalits and women’s demand in the national budget process.
Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan-SUPRO as a pioneer organization in budget campaign and advocacy engaging mass people, civil society members, different professional bodies, local government elected representatives, district and national policy makers, is facilitating and actively participating as a member organization in Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha.
On behalf of Budget Alliance Group, Director of SUPRO Alison Subrata Baroi moderated the press conference while Subol Sarkar, General Secretary of Bangladesh Bhumihin Shamiti chaired the conference. Newly elected Treasurer of SUPRO Madhab C Dutta deliver his welcome speech. Another member