Sushahsoner Jonno Procharavizan (SUPRO) has organized a lobby meeting with Parliamentary Caucus on 24th January 2015 at Oath Room, National Parliament on the eve of preparing the 7th five-year plan and the upcoming budget for the fiscal year (FY) 2015-16.
Co-chairman of Parliamentary Caucus Mir Shawkat Ali Badsha, MP chaired the meeting along with other representatives of caucus including MP Fazle Hossain Badhsa, Rajshahi-2, Ushatan Talukder, Rangamati, Lutfa Taher, reserve seat -40, Quazi Rosy, reserve seat -41, Nur-e-Hasna Lily Chowdhury, reserve seat -44 as guests and General Economics Division (GED) member Shamsul Alam, Former chairman of National Board of Revenue Dr. Muhammad Abdul Mazid, Prof. of Dhaka University Dr. M Abu Eusuf & Kanor Maloy, Program Manager, Oxfam as discussant. Representatives of NGOs, CSOs, Govt., Media and SUPRO National Council members were also present there.
SUPRO general secretary Md. Arifur Rahman moderated the meeting while General Secretary of CAUCUS Nazmul Haq Prodhan, MP delivered the welcome address and SUPRO director Alison Subrata Baroi presented the position paper.
SUPRO organized a national level post-budget seminar on June 11, 2014 at AS Mahmud Seminar Hall, Daily Star Building in the capital city which was presided over its Executive Committee member M.A. Quader, whereas Alison Subrata Baroi Director of SUPRO delivered his welcome speech. A position paper analyzing the 2014-15 budget and compiling grassroots demands of 45 districts was presented in the seminar by SUPRO Campaign Coordinator Shakera Nahar.
In this post-budget seminar, Mr. Mostafizur Rahman (MP), Primary and Mass Education Minister delivered speech as the Chief Guest; Professor Ali Ashraf (MP), President of the parliamentary standing committee on commerce.; Mr. Abdul Mannan , Former State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, Mr. Dhana Ranjan Tripura, Policy and Campaign Officer, Oxfam attended there as special guests. Mr. Rashed AL Mahmud Titumir, Chairman, Unnayan Onneshon attended as the Key discussant.
Mr.Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir said this budget is being presented to please handful of people and deprive a large number of people. Urging for a change in the budget formulation process, he said if people are not attached with the process it cannot be called people's budget. He said the finance minister should have imposed inheritance tax to boost collection, as the value of property has skyrocket in the country. He criticized the social safety net projects, saying the state has taken up those programmes in order to purposefully exclude some people.“If the allocations under the safety net programmes are added together and distributed among all the poor people, there will be no poverty in the country.”
The declared budget in essential public services for 2014-15 is not sufficient to meeting the commitments of the government- SUPRO’s grassroots leaders shared the concern as an instant reaction in the media conference immediately after declaration of budget by the Finance Minister on 5 June at 7:00 pm at the conference room of SUPRO.
They praised the government for their commitments and initiatives that are shown in some particular areas under health, education, agriculture, tax, district budget. However, SUPRO concluded with some specific reaction as follows: