Activists of 20 civil society organizations and rights group have demanded the government to increase the contribution of direct tax in the budget making corresponding reduction in VAT to protect the poor and the low income groups from disproportionate tax burden.
At a human chain held in front of the Jatiya Press Club yesterday speakers said in developed countries such as in Europe and America direct tax provides 70 percent revenue of the government while in Bangladesh VAT constitute 70 percent share of it.
DHAKA, June 14: Green activists at a seminar on Thursday called upon the government to give the climate adaptation issue almost priority in the national budget. Climate adaptation should be treated on a priority basis, with integration of all ministries, in the national budget, and special importance be attached to all the activities related to the issue to bring transparency in it, green activists suggested at the seminar "Is Bangladesh Prepared for Future Climate Change Problems, National Budget 2012-13 and Climate Change Adaptation".
Equity and Justice Working Group Bangladesh (EquityBD) and Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood (CSRL) organised the seminar at the Jatiya Press Club, said a release of EquityBD.
Environmentalists, green activists and civil society members on Thursday said Bangladesh needed technical and financial support from the developed countries to go with the green economy initiatives.
All these support must be unconditional and free of cost as they have done big damage to the sustainability of the earth through carbon emission, causing all the worse to country like Bangladesh, said experts at a seminar.
Dhaka, Bangladesh – Rights group at a rally here on Tuesday urged the government to expand the tax net in the next budget and reconsider the VAT expansion plan, reports UNB.
They said people want to pay more taxes, but there must be steps to rein in luxury and stop corruption reducing dependence on foreign aid.
Green and rights organisations on Wednesday demanded adequate allocation in the upcoming national budget keeping climate change adaptation activities in consideration.
The organisations working on climate change made the demand at a press conference at the National Press Club to press home their 11-point charter of demands.