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    Posted February 22, 2014 by
    Dhaka, Bangladesh

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    Green Tax Demanded to Prevent Environment Pollution

    Environment in Bangladesh is under serious threat of industrial toxic pollution. Most of the industries dump their toxic wastes directly into rivers and water bodies without any treatment. To tackle this pollution through pressurizing pollutant factories for effluent treatment plant (ETP) or putting under this unique taxation system can be an important step. Government could also invest in improvement of environment with this tax money. Further, this tax will imply on those pollutants that have no ETP in their factories. To prevent this unbound environmental pollution environment activist organizations including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Youth Coalition for Climate Justice (YCCJ), Nirapad Development Foundation, Green Mind Society, SERAC-Bangladesh, SEL Charitable Foundation, RSDS, Orunodoyer Torun Dol and Campaign for Development Foundation demanded imposing green tax on pollutants immediately by organizing a demonstration in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday.

    Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA) General Secretary Dr. Abdul Matin urged that, the big crisis on environment due to pollution. Dhaka has been ranked as the second worst city in the world in terms of air pollution. To remove this crisis, imposing green tax on pollutant industries is a demand of time now.

    Youth Coalition for Climate Justice’s President S M Shaikat said, to establish environmental justice, this green tax is a must step now. We demand immediate imposing of this tax on pollutants by this upcoming budget.

    Nirapad Development Foundation Chairman Ibnul Syed Rana said, to tackle environmental pollution, a 30% of additional tax termed as green tax should be imposed on pollutants.

    Campaign for Development Foundation’s Executive Director Mosiur Rahman Rubel said, the Department of Environment often fines pollutants, but this tax will reduce pollution trends automatically.

    Green Mind Society President Amair Hasan said, imposing green tax on industries would establish a milestone in conservation of environment.

    Unnayan Dhara Trust Member Secretary Aminur Rasul said, green tax is the best solution to this environment crisis. The government must concentrate on imposing this tax soon.

    Lawyer Sultan Mahmood Banna urged that, to save the environment from commercial aggression, pollutant industries must pay at least 30% tax as green tax.

    Students Federation of Bangladesh’s city vice-president Raihan Tahrat Leon said, in one hand, the industry owners are making profit and in the other hand they are also polluting the environment. Therefore to ensure environmental equity, green tax is the answer.

    The program was moderated by NDF Chairman Ibnul Syed Rana and Presided by BAPA general secretary Dr. Abdul Matin while cultural activist Syed Mazarul Islam, SERAC-Bangladesh program officer Manjuda Akter, RSDS’s executive director Jakaria Hossain, Orunodoyer Torun Dol president Shahidul Islam Babu spoke at the occasion. Others including Kairos Society’s Golam Kibrea, blogger Moksedul Islam, Journalist Mohi U Khan Mamun, UP Trust’s Ali Hazai, Manik of NDF, Faruk Hossain of Green Mind Society, SEL Charitable Foundation’s Razaul Islam and Mohammad Hossain of Orunodoyer Torun Dol attend the event.
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