Reduce inquality

- THE DAILY STAR

Oct 12, 2018-

As per Oxfam’s latest “Commitment to Reducing Inequality Index”, Bangladesh ranked 148 among 157 (where a lower number means better performance) countries surveyed. That means we are only ahead of a handful of countries like Bhutan and trailing other countries in the region that includes the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal. We have not done well on social spending slightly better on taxation and dismal on labour rights. In Bangladesh, taxation is neither gender sensitive nor are we broadening our tax base to bring more people under the tax net. Bangladesh scored very poorly on labour practices. Readymade garments sector, which is by far one of the largest employer of workers, is an area that needs greater focus. The wage gap in the country is widening and the government should formulate plans to increase progressive taxation.  clamp down on tax dodging by both institutions and individuals.

Published: 12-10-2018 08:13

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