DHAKA � Local Government, Rural Development and
Cooperatives (LGRD) Minister Md Tajul Islam today said people will feel
encouraged to pay taxes properly if they are provided with smooth services.
People will feel encouraged to pay taxes accordingly if they get proper
service from local government institutions which will help the country to
achieve its cherished goals, a press release quoted Tajul as saying.
He made the remarks while addressing as the chief guest a view-exchange
meeting with municipality mayors at the auditorium of Public Health
Engineering Department, here.
The minister also urged the mayors to increase the quality of services
provided by their respective organisations.
He said, The local government institutions in the developed countries are
self-sufficient, though they receive a little amount of subsidy from the
central government and run their organisations with their own revenueBut
the union councils, municipalities, upazila parishads and zila parishads of
Bangladesh yet to reach that stage.
The departments concerned should make people aware of the benefits of
paying taxes and VAT, he said.
At the meeting, the mayors apprised the minister of their various problems
and placed demands to solve those problems.
The minister assured the mayors that he would take measures to solve their
Presided over by LGRD Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed, the programme was
attended by Additional Secretary Md Mahbub Hossain, chairman of Municipal
Association of Bangladesh Dewan Kamal Ahmed and its general secretary Md
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)