The citizen’s condolence program of Late Dr. C S Karim, Former Advisor of Caretaker Government of Bangladesh & President of Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) has been held in the press conference lounge on 26 November 2015. The family members, well-wishers and CHRS family were present and remembered their appreciative memory with Late Dr. C S Karim. The condolence program was moderated by Ziaul Hoque Mukta, Vice- President of CSRL.
A Bangla version of INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) publication has been published by CCDB just before the COP-21 conference.
To celebrate and create discussion on that book CSRL and CCDB jointly organized a discussion meeting. It was held at the conference room of Dhaka Reporters Unity 22 November 2015. By the moderation of Khalid Hossain, Coordinator of Climate Change Unit of CCDB, Climate scientist Ahsan Uddin Ahmed and President of CSRL, Ziaul Hoque Mukta, some of social activist and journalists were and took part the discussion.
The roundtable discussion on farmers friendly agricultural budget held on 24 March 2015 at VIP Launch, National Press Club, Dhaka was moderated by CSRL general secretary Sharminda Nilami, while its vice-president Ziaul Haque Mukta, Oxfam programme officer Mousumi Biswas, Centre for Global Change executive director Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council chairman Abul Kalam Azad and agricultural researcher Pratima Paul Majumder spoke at the programme.
Experts and professionals demanded additional allocation for farmers in the next budget to compensate loses they incurred due to the ongoing political unrest.
They claimed that farmers failed to sell their products in market and they also failed to get enough agricultural inputs for the countrywide non-stop blockade and hartals sponsored by Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance.
The demand had come from a roundtable discussion titled ‘Farmer-friendly agriculture budget’ organised by the Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods at National Press Club in the capital.
Former director general of Bangladesh Livestock Research Institute Jahangir Alam suggested that the government allocate 10 per cent agricultural budget in next national budget to compensate farmers.
He also demanded rise in allocation for agricultural budget both in development and non-development sectors and continuing subsidy for agricultural development as well as food security.
CSRL convener CS Karim said that government would be bound to import foods at high price if it would stop subsidy for agricultural development.
He urged the government to create post for field level officers who would work with marginal farmers.
‘A large number of farmers are now harvesting products in wrong process in the absence of field level officer,’ he said.
The speakers also demanded a commission under the ministry of agriculture for setting prices of agricultural products.