Political crisis key barrier to poverty eradication, seminar told

Political crisis key barrier to poverty eradication, seminar told

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Speakers at a dialogue here on Wednesday said political crisis, corruption and lack of good governance are the key barriers to elimination of poverty and inequalities from the country. Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP) in association with Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) organised the dialogue on ‘Action against poverty and inequality and Bangladesh’s perspective’ at Cirdap auditorium. Addressing the function as the chief guest, Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr. Kazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad said the biggest problem that stood in the way to alleviate poverty is political crisis and violence. “If we can’t come out from the politics of confrontation, our development will be hampered and the poverty will not be eradicated,” he said. The noted economist further said, “If we can’t bring inequality down in society, we won’t be able to remove hardcore poverty.” The unemployment rate among the young generation is going up fast saying that the country is far away from the goal of ensuring equal rights and facilities for all, said Dr Ahmad. Dhaka University Professor Dr Zaheda Ahmed, Executive Director of Wave Foundation Mohsin Ali, GCAP Bangladesh Coordinator Abdul Awal and former Managing Director of PKSF Dr Kazi Mesbauddin Ahmed, among others, spoke at the dialogue held with GCAP convener Dr Nilufar Banu in the chair. Dr Zahed Ahmed said corruption must be curbed to remove poverty from the country terming corruption the key barrier to its alleviation. “People’s characters need to be corrected, if we want to remove disparity from society,” said Dr Ahmed, a history teacher. Mohsin Ali said the way poverty level has marked a fall, the same way the disparity has gone up. “It’s a matter of concern that disparity between the poor and the rich is widening rapidly day by day in Bangladesh and other countries across the globe.” Quoting the finance minister, Mohsin Al said 26 percent people of the country are currently living under the poverty line, which was 72 percent right after the country’s liberation. “We’ve to ensure good governance and rights of people in light of human rights during the post-2015, a deadline for achieving the MDGs,” he noted. Dr Mesbauddin said income inequality is the key obstacle to the poverty eradication. BUP researcher TM Arifur Rahman presented the keynote paper focusing on the country’s goals during the post-2015 period. – UNB

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