** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

GDP must include women household activities

25 March 2017

Staff Reporter :
A group of 22 Rights based Civil Society Networks has demanded taking into
account women activities related to household duties in computation of the national economy and its GDP (Gross Domestic Product).  At a  pre-budget human chain titled "Count Women Activities in National Economy" held at national press club on
Thursday they said women household activities are contributing to the economic development and its inclusion in the GDP will significantly raise the growth level.
Mustafa Kamal Akand of COAST Trust moderated the event. Ferdous Ara Rumee presented the keynote presentation. Dr. Shamsul Islam and Subal Sarkar of Bangladesh Landless Somiti, Kazi Muniruzzaman form Prochesta Kalayan Somiti, Jayed Iqbal Khan of Krishak Federation, Kader Hazari and Asif Iqbal also spoke on the occasion.
Mrs. Rumee said poor and lowq income people must be excluded from VAT and Tax payment. Moreover the government must keep prices of essentials within purchasing power of people which require tax justice based on income level.
She women are low paid in our informal sector and even our economy does not recognize household activities.
Mr. Jayed Iqbal Khan said current gender budgeting is questionable because it is not properly implemented and on many occasions money remained unspent due to reluctance of govt. officials. Women are remaining deprived from the benefit of these projects. Mr. Asif Iqbal said women are facing problems in having accessing to financial services.

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