Rights group wants curbing graft before spreading tax net

Rights group wants curbing graft before spreading tax net

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Speakers at a human chain programme on Sunday urged the government to increase allocation for the service sector as well as to stop money laundering to abroad and corruption before spreading the Tax Net.
Pay special attention to the education and health sector, they said while addressing the human chain programme jointly organised by 29 rights based organizations, including equityBD, Jatiyo Sramik Jote, Trade Union Centre, Readymade Garment Workers’ Federation, Unnyayan Dhara and Bangladesh Krishak Federation.Addressing the human chain, Mesbah Uddin Ahmed of Jatiyo Sromik Jote said, government is very keen to ensure to flat, plot and health services for the rich, but allocation for the people who are providing the revenue to run costs are being decreased.
Abul Hossain of Trade Union Centre said, Vision 2021 can’t be ensured without giving proper attention to the health and education sector.
Aminur Rasul Babul of Unnyan Dhara said, government should find out how much money are being smuggled illegally.
Mihir Biswas of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon said, we want to pay taxes, but in response of it services must be ensured.
Lovely Yasmin of Readymade Garment Workers’ Federation said, there 4.4 million garments workers in Bangladesh. Of them 80% are women.
We have been demanding accommodations and ration for garment workers. These demands are yet to be fulfilled, she said.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury said, the 2015-16 budget projected revenue earning with 36.8% direct tax. 63.2% from indirect tax including 10.6% from import tax, 36% from VAT. Usually burden of indirect taxes go on poor people, he added.
Moderated by Mustafa Kamal Akanda of EquityBD, the human chain was addressed among others, by Sultan Ahmed of Sromik Nirapotta Jote, Jayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishak Federation, Firoja begum of Banchte Shekha Nari and Subal sarker of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity also spoke at the programme. – News Desk

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