NGOs urged to the Bangladesh Government to increase allocation in sanitation and hygiene sectors to Protect the Environment
Organizations working on the environment feel that allocating in safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in the Annual Development Program (ADP) in the budget for 2022-23 is not enough to meet the impending challenges for the people of marginalized communities.
The leaders of the organizations have demanded to increase in the allocation in this sector in the proposed budget.
They made the demand at a press conference at the National Press Club on July 1, 2022. The press conference has jointly organized by WaterAid Bangladesh, Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC), Khan Sabd, FSN Network, BANGLADESH WATER INTEGRITY NETWORK (BAWIN),Sanitation and Water for All, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Haiti, Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management, UNICEF, and WASH Alliance International.
They claimed that BD Government would slowly implement various steps to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 due to low allocation.
Speakers at the press conference said that the proposed national budget for the fiscal year 2022-2023 has some positive trends in reducing regional disparities.
Allocations have increased slightly in Haors and hilly areas. However, allocations to chars (Islands) and coastal regions have not increased as required.
This trend should continue for the people living in the coastal areas and chars so that no one is left behind. Therefore, this issue should be thoroughly reconsidered and examined in the budget.
At the press conference, the speakers stressed the need to ensure proper allocation of projects under the annual development program to address the impending challenges in the wash sector and to bridge the gap in the allocation of the wash sector to the people in rural and remote areas.