18 May 2011, Dhaka. Civil society members formed a human chain in front of the National Museum, demanding increased allocation in the upcoming national budget for people living in extreme poverty. BRAC organised this human chain jointly with the Youth Forum for Poverty Alleviation and Development (YFPAD) as a part of its advocacy for ultra poverty reduction.
More than four hundred people from all walks of life formed the human chain in solidarity for increased budgetary allocation for those living in extreme poverty followed by a street drama performed by the Popular Theatre
Team of BRAC. The following demands were presented before government in the event
- Instigate special programmes focusing the ultra poor for poverty alleviation
- Increase budgetary allocation in the social safety net programme
- Initiate special programme to reduce extreme poverty under the social safety net programme.
- Ensure transparency in the selection process of the ultra poor and implementation of the ultra poverty reduction programme.
Speakers of the Human Chain urged the government to take necessary measures to ensure participation of the ultra poor in the pre-budget discussions by organising open meeting at the grassroots level. They also insisted the need to lay emphasis to develop strategy on ultra poverty reduction.