Celebration of National Income Tax Day 2014
“Ensure tax justice ensures prosperity and progress” with this theme SUPRO observed national income tax day 2014 on 15th September 2014.
In national level SUPRO arranged a day long mobile campaign which was started from in front of NBR office. In the beginning of the campaign SUPRO participated in a rally which was organized by NBR on that day morning. Through the mobile campaign thousand of leaflets were distributed in various crowded spot in Dhaka city. Through the mobile campaign nearly 30000 citizens have come to know about the tax justice campaign.
International Literacy Day 2014 observation
To observe International Literacy Day on 8 September 2014, SUPRO organized several programs in district and national level such as human chain, discussion meeting and rally. 45 districts successfully observed the day through above mentioned events.
SUPRO-DU Inter-varsity Debating Championship 2014
Dhaka University Debating Society (DUDS) and SUPRO jointly staged a very first English intervarsity debate championship between 4th September and 7th September 2014 at DU on promoting tax justice issue. The theme of the program is “Ensure Tax Justice Ensures Progress and Prosperity”. In the four-day long debating championship 40 teams from 24 public and private universities took part in the competition. This tournament would be held under the rules of British Parliament format which had covered several debate competitions.
SUPRO Executive Board Meeting 2014
To review SUPRO’s activities, give future directions and approval an Executive Board Meeting was organized on 5th September 2014 where 8 board members including SUPRO director as team leader of secretariat team, attended. A number of important issues regarding SUPROs campaign works were discussed and finalized through the board meeting.
Capacity Building Training for Master Trainers
Aiming to build up master trainer on tax justice SUPRO organised a three day long training programme from 26-28 August, 2014 at SUPRO STAR center, Dhaka. The training was inaugurated by SUPRO EB member MA Quader in the presence of Oxfam policy and campaign officer Dhana Ranjan Tripura. SUPRO board member Hosne Ara Hashi and the consultant of the training module Sherajud Dahar Khan also presented in the inauguration session. SUPRO Director Alison Subrata Baroi moderated the session. 16 persons including 1 female (14 district secretaries and 2 district committee members) from Lalmonirhat, Khagrachhori, Chapainababgonj, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Magura, Pirojpur, Rangpur, Hobigonj, Bagerhat, Jessore, Jaipurhat, Gopalgonj, Khulna were the participants of the training where Shariful Islam Coordinator, Training & Capacity Building, Md. Areful Islam, AC-TJC, Shakera Nahar Coordinator- Campaign, Kriti Bijoy Chakma, AC- M&D, Dil Afrose Duetee, AC- N&M were present as facilitator.
Start up Orientation and Planning Workshop
In order to conduct social audit in 24 districts for identifying gaps of services for quality education and health are reflected through participation of grass root civil society, community and local administration, SUPRO organized a startup orientation and planning workshop between August 20, 2014 and August 24, 2014. In the planning workshop board member, national council member, district secretary and district campaign facilitator of SUPRO actively participated. In this planning workshop social audit tools, methods and techniques have shared with the participants.
National Seminar on Post Budget For FY 2014-15
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.
SUPRO Media Conference on Declared National Budget 2014-15
Proposed budget in essential public services is inadequate to meeting the commitments of the government- SUPRO’s grassroots leaders said in the media conference.
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.
SUPRO Demands to Emphasis on Direct Tax to Formulate a Pro Poor Budget during Pre Budget National Discussion Meeting for FY 2014-15
Sushasoner Jonny Procharavijan-SUPRO has declared to give more importance to the Direct Taxes than the dependency on the indirect taxes in the next budget of 2014-15. Lots of demands from the mass people have been approached in the seminar by the district wise pre-budget discussion. In the seminar, they have also approached to take into account the taxes from the people who don’t give taxes properly after reducing the dependency on the foreign loan. The tax authority can be countrified and the tax rules can be modified
To raise the voice of mass people, SUPRO organized its national level pre-budget seminar on May 08, 2014 at CIRDAP Auditorium in the capital city which was presided over its Chairperson Mustafizur Rahman Khan and moderated by former Chairperson and current Executive Board Member Md. Abdul Awal whereas Daisy Ahmed EB Member of SUPRO, delivered her welcome speech. A demand paper compiling grassroots demands of 45 districts was presented in the seminar by SUPRO Campaign Coordinator Shakera Nahar.
Budget Alliance Group Demands Participatory & Pro poor District Budget in a Press Briefing
Budget Bisoyok Nagorik Morcha” (Budget Alliance Group), a forum with representation of 27 development and rights organizations organized a press conference on 5 May 2014 at Sagor- Runi Auditorium 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.