Tajul for making tax payment system more people friendly

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

problems.

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

Rafiqul Islam.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)