‘‘If we ensured the proper punishment of previous incident then we could avoid such type of Rana plaza tragedy . Unfortunately we are failed to ensure the legal action against Tajrin, Hamim tragedy and so on. For the first time the Government published the investigation report but if we again fail to implement the law as per the recommendation of this report then it would be proved valueless report’’. Speakers told these at the press conference held on 28 May, 2013 at DRU ( Dhaka Reporters Unity), VIP hall room organized by SUPRO to ensure and protect the rights of Garments worker. Mustafizur Rahman Khan Chairperson of SUPRO presided over the conference and M.A Quader Executive Member, Former secretary of SUPRO Moderate the program.
Samia Ahmed, Director of SUPRO present the position paper and also Shamima Nasreen, President of Shadhin Bangla Garments Sramik Karmochari Fedaration, Anju Ara ,Victim of Rana Plaza Tragedy, Rozina Begum Wife of Late.Shofiqul Islam, who was dead caused by Rana Plaza collapsed, were present. Anju Ara and Rozina Begum explain their bitter experience in front of the journalists.
Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha” (Budget Alliance Group), a forum with representation of 25 development and rights organizations organized a press conference on 25 May 2013 at VIP 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, facilitating and actively participating as a member organization in Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha.
Not bureaucratic centralized way, budget should be participatory, decentralized and pro-poor. Highlighting the demand of ensuring Pro-Poor and Participatory District Budget through Structural Reformation, Sushasoner Jonny Procharaviza n-SUPRO, one of the largest civil society networks in Bangladesh organized its national level seminar targeting the upcoming national budget for 2013-14 financial year.
As the part of its regular process, SUPRO organized its national level pre-budget seminar on May 11, 2013 at CIRDAP Auditorium in the capital city which was presided by its honorable Chairperson Md. Mustafizur Rahman Khan and moderated by its former Chairperson and current Executive Board Member Md. Abdul Awal where Md. Arifur Rahman, General Secretary, SUPRO delivered his welcome speech. A demand paper compiling grassroots demands of 45 districts was presented in the seminar by its Coordinator Kazi Shafiqur Rahman.
In the seminar, highlighting the recent declaration of District Budget by the honorable Finance Minister in a District as pilot basis, demanding the structural reformation of budgetary framework, the key note said that without structural reformation, pro-poor and participatory district budget could not be possible. In the seminar, a model of district budget was also presented by the presenter highlighting the demands of the grassroots people to district budget which was defined through an Action Research in the Tangail District where honorable Finance Minister wished to implement District Budget First.