To ensure participation of mass people in national budget cycle SUPRO organize a national seminar on October 06, 2013 at Press Club Conference Hall Room. SUPRO Chairperson Mustafizur Rahman Khan was presented as Chair and moderates the seminar. Md. Shariful Islam, Coordinator- Training and capacity building, presented the key note paper in this seminar. Professor Dr. Mahabuba Nasrin, DU, Ex NBR Chairman Abdul Mazid, Politician Mahamudur Rahman Manna and Oxfam representative Dhana Ranjan Tripura were present in this national seminar as guest. Dr. Nasrin told in her speech discussion or corrections of Budget have to conduct by mass people before implementation.
On 22nd June, 2013 SUPRO organized an advocacy meeting with MPs and the members of public estimate committee at OATH Room of Bangladesh National Parliament House. In the meeting a discussion paper was presented which stated some pro poor demands and recommendation especially on essential services prior on education, health and agriculture sector. National Council Member of SUPRO, Madhob Chandra Dutta placed the paper in front the MPs. Earlier Director of SUPRO, Samia Ahmed addressed all. Arifur Rahman, General Secretary of SUPRO, delivered welcome speech where Mustafizur Rahman Khan, Chairperson of SUPRO, described the objectives of the meeting. Abdul Awal, Executive Board Member of SUPRO, moderated the whole meeting.
The process of budget formulation in Bangladesh is very much centralized. So it is essential to reform the too much centralized budget structure to make national budget pro people. The proposed budget for the FY 2013-14 has mainly served the interest of the rich and businessmen. Indirect tax has been increased which will negatively affect the lives of the poor people. Provision has been made to whiten black money which is tantamount to institutionalizing of corruption. By allocating low budget in the agriculture subsidy, the government has, in way, violated its own electoral promise. These are frustrating- speakers said in a post-budget discussion in titled ‘National Budget 2013-14: Review of Grassroots’ organized by Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan-SUPRO on 14 June 2013 at VIP Lounge of National Press Club, Dhaka. They added- Bureaucratic complication in budget implementation has to be reduced and inter-ministry coordination has to be increased.