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Revenue collection body in all upazilas stressed

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The Deputy Commissio-ners (DCs) across the country urged the government to form a revenue collection committee (RCC) in all upazilas headed by local UNOs to increase the revenue collection at local level.
At the same time, they also emphasized on not allowing any factory or industry in the tourist zones, mangrove forest areas or nearby the sea-beaches to protect the ecological balance of zones.
If needed, the government can cancel the projects, they said.
 The proposals or suggestions were given at different sessions of the second day of the the DC Conference being held in Dhaka. The sessions of the conference were held at Secretariat and the Prime Minister's Office on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, the
Prime Minister inaugurated the conference at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.
Emerging from the session allocated for the Finance Ministry, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Mashiur Rahman told reporters that the DCs proposed them to form a revenue collection committee headed by local UNOs to increase revenue collection at local level.
The government has perceived the proposal as a 'positive one,' he said adding, "The DCs proposed to form the committee at upazila and district level. The committees will be able to help the government with revenue collection."
The government has targeted Tk 3.77 trillion in revenue collection to run the state in its Tk 5.23 trillion budget for the fiscal 2019-20. The NBR aims to collect revenues of Tk 3.2 trillion locally.
The government would not introduce any new tax, but widen the scope of tax to meet the target, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said in his budget proposal. But, the finance minister was absent from the DC conference due to his ailment.
The NBR proposed to increase the manpower at upazila and district level for better revenue collection, he said, adding that the authority will review both the proposals from the NBR and DCs.
"The DCs mostly raised and discussed the issues of loan or other funds sanctioned by the government," Mashiur Rahman said citing details of the working session.
"I believe the empathy expressed by the government officials to the common people deserves applause. They feel like working towards the welfare of the people; we need to evaluate and amend the rules, regulations and policies in case they hinder them from working for the people."
The DCs face problems regarding agricultural loans and credit for women entrepreneurs, he said, adding, "A bank cannot use its entire fund sanctioned for women as they cannot provide enough information or fulfill all the conditions."
After the session with DCs, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said the online media will be disciplined after completion of their registration process.
"The online media which are really able to work will be eligible for registration," he said.
He said over 8,000 applicants have sought registration of their online media. Those will be given registration after scrutiny. "I hope discipline will come after the registration is given."
State Minister for Culture KM Khalid also accompanied the minister while briefing the DCs and the media during the conference.
About the demand of the DCs for constructing an information complex in every district, Hasan said the government had already taken a project to construct 27 complexes. They were asked to select the places at their respective districts.
On the cable network, he asked the DCs to conduct the mobile courts strictly.
While briefing the DCs about the government policies in the DC conference, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said gas and power connections would not be given to the industrial unit unless those are established in planned industrial zones.
"Not only economic zones, there are industrial zones of BSCIC. No gas or power connection will be given to industries if those are not set up in planned zones," he said.
Referring to prepaid metre, he said, "There are some problems at the field level as it is a new technology."
He also informed that a guideline will be formulated soon for land acquisition to install power transmission lines.
About outstanding power bill, Nasrul said the country now has arrear electricity bills of about Tk 1400 crore in addition to outstanding gas bills.
He mentioned that there are problems in power and gas supply due to the establishment of unplanned industrial units. The entrepreneurs may shift to planned industrial areas in the future, if they want to do.
Joining the DCs conference, Education Minister Dipu Moni said a plan is underway to launch an educational TV channel (Sikkha TV) to air all the good classes of good teachers, taking the benefits to rural students.
"We can show the classes of good teachers of various schools through the TV channel simultaneously," she said adding that there are very good schools in Dhaka and elsewhere, and there is a proposal to send the good teachers to various places of the country as guest.
About coaching business, the minister said the DCs can help the government stop this business and end the culture of guidebooks. The DCs were asked to ensure the formation of education committees at district level like the ones formed at the upazila level.
Referring to the sexual harassment of students, the minister also said there must be vigilance everywhere so that the students are not abused sexually.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the sessions.
On the second day, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Prime Minister's Advisor Tawfiq-E-Ilahi Chowdhury, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowhdury and PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman also spoke.

Prime Minister inaugurated the conference at her Tejgaon office in Dhaka.
Emerging from the session allocated for the Finance Ministry, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Mashiur Rahman told reporters that the DCs proposed them to form a revenue collection committee headed by local UNOs to increase revenue collection at local level.
The government has perceived the proposal as a 'positive one,' he said adding, "The DCs proposed to form the committee at upazila and district level. The committees will be able to help the government with revenue collection."
The government has targeted Tk 3.77 trillion in revenue collection to run the state in its Tk 5.23 trillion budget for the fiscal 2019-20. The NBR aims to collect revenues of Tk 3.2 trillion locally.
The government would not introduce any new tax, but widen the scope of tax to meet the target, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said in his budget proposal. But, the finance minister was absent from the DC conference due to his ailment.
The NBR proposed to increase the manpower at upazila and district level for better revenue collection, he said, adding that the authority will review both the proposals from the NBR and DCs.
"The DCs mostly raised and discussed the issues of loan or other funds sanctioned by the government," Mashiur Rahman said citing details of the working session.
"I believe the empathy expressed by the government officials to the common people deserves applause. They feel like working towards the welfare of the people; we need to evaluate and amend the rules, regulations and policies in case they hinder them from working for the people."
The DCs face problems regarding agricultural loans and credit for women entrepreneurs, he said, adding, "A bank cannot use its entire fund sanctioned for women as they cannot provide enough information or fulfill all the conditions."
After the session with DCs, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said the online media will be disciplined after completion of their registration process.
"The online media which are really able to work will be eligible for registration," he said.
He said over 8,000 applicants have sought registration of their online media. Those will be given registration after scrutiny. "I hope discipline will come after the registration is given."
State Minister for Culture KM Khalid also accompanied the minister while briefing the DCs and the media during the conference.
About the demand of the DCs for constructing an information complex in every district, Hasan said the government had already taken a project to construct 27 complexes. They were asked to select the places at their respective districts.
On the cable network, he asked the DCs to conduct the mobile courts strictly.
While briefing the DCs about the government policies in the DC conference, State Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said gas and power connections would not be given to the industrial unit unless those are established in planned industrial zones.
"Not only economic zones, there are industrial zones of BSCIC. No gas or power connection will be given to industries if those are not set up in planned zones," he said.
Referring to prepaid metre, he said, "There are some problems at the field level as it is a new technology."
He also informed that a guideline will be formulated soon for land acquisition to install power transmission lines.
About outstanding power bill, Nasrul said the country now has arrear electricity bills of about Tk 1400 crore in addition to outstanding gas bills.
He mentioned that there are problems in power and gas supply due to the establishment of unplanned industrial units. The entrepreneurs may shift to planned industrial areas in the future, if they want to do.
Joining the DCs conference, Education Minister Dipu Moni said a plan is underway to launch an educational TV channel (Sikkha TV) to air all the good classes of good teachers, taking the benefits to rural students.
"We can show the classes of good teachers of various schools through the TV channel simultaneously," she said adding that there are very good schools in Dhaka and elsewhere, and there is a proposal to send the good teachers to various places of the country as guest.
About coaching business, the minister said the DCs can help the government stop this business and end the culture of guidebooks. The DCs were asked to ensure the formation of education committees at district level like the ones formed at the upazila level.
Referring to the sexual harassment of students, the minister also said there must be vigilance everywhere so that the students are not abused sexually.
Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam presided over the sessions.
On the second day, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Prime Minister's Advisor Tawfiq-E-Ilahi Chowdhury, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowhdury and PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman also spoke.











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