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.
The government should enact District Budget Law to formulate and implement district-wise budget with the objective of ensuring decentralization and people's participation, speakers said at the press conference organized by SUPRO on 4 April 2013 at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
The speakers alsosaid that budget preparation process is centralized and is dominated by bureaucrats, which bars effective participation of people and their representatives. Decentralization is needed for framing and implementing budget, democratic budget. For this the government's desire and commitment is required.
Speakers at the Press Conference
To share with media people how extreme poor will be affected through the recently passed Amended VAT Law 2012 by the Jatiya Sangsad, Sushasoner Jonny Procharavizan-SUPRO organizes a Press Conference on 3 December, 2012 at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).
SUPRO demands that government should amend the Value Added Tax (VAT) law with the participation of the people to protect their interest and the extreme poor people should be excluded from VAT. It also critised saying the law would facilitate the well-off section and the