Move taken to raise utility tariffs every year for 'plundering'

News Desk
27 June 2020, Sat
Published: 11:21

Move taken to raise utility tariffs every year for 'plundering'

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Saturday said that the ruling government has shamelessly taken a move to raise the tariffs of power and fuel several times a year by force amid controversy over ghost electricity bills.

Speaking at a human-chain program, Ruhul Kabir further said, “The government has placed a bill in parliament to suck people’s blood by increasing the prices of electricity and fuel. We strongly protest the move.”

Future of Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the program in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office protesting the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

On Tuesday last, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Parliament to empower the BERC to make any change in tariff more than once in every financial year.

Currently, the law permits the BERC to make any change in tariffs once in a financial year.

Rizvi said the government is realising money from people in different ways to create scopes for ruling party men to indulge in ‘plundering’ and amassing ‘ill-gotten’ wealth.

Referring to media reports, he said Bangladeshis deposited over 5,000 crores with Swiss banks. “Minister, bureaucrats and ruling party leaders did it by misappropriating public money over the last 12 years.”

“They need more money as they need to deposit more black money with the Swiss banks. That’s why they’re trying to increase the prices of electricity and fuel frequently."

On the other hand, he also said "Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is running the country like an emperor and what she says is a law." And  people who are talking about the government are being sent to jail and implicated in ‘false’ cases.

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