BITA has undertaken initiative to strengthen local government units under the purview of SDLG(Strengthening DemocraticprojectinLaksmipurLocal&ChandpurGovernance)’districtssupportedby Tetra Tech ARD & financed by USAID. The project interventions focused to enhance capacity of elected local government representatives including secretaries and common citizen in the area of financial management & revenue generation, participatory strategic planning, service delivery and monitoring, role of CIG and community need prioritization. Having trained & motivated on these arena, the LGUs organized first ever open budget meeting for the fiscal year 2013 –2014 as per guidelines of Local Government Act 2009 in 16 unions of in Laksmipur and 19 unions & 2 Pourashavas of Chandpur district. The open budget meetings held with the exciting participation of people resulting in incorporating the community needs and demands in the LGUs plan.
The Open budget meetings were chaired by UP Chairmen/Pourashva Mayor and in absence panel chairmen. The open budget meetings were attended by people of all walks including media people, teachers, religious leaders, political leaders, social workers, cultural workers, representatives from government & non-government organizations, CIG Forum members, civil society people, local elites and common people