Further steps for affordable power supply to rural areas: Nasrul

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:31, Jan 08,2019 | Updated: 01:33, Jan 09,2019

 
 

State minister for power, energy and mineral resource Narsul Hamid addresses a function at the ministry on the first day of his office on Tuesday.-- New Age photo

Restoration of good governance in power and energy sectors is the next challenge for the government, said Nasrul Hamid, who is to continue as state minister for power, energy and mineral resources for the second consecutive term, on Tuesday.
Addressing an orientation ceremony at his secretariat in Dhaka, he said that the newly formed government would emphasise on elimination of corruption, drug addiction as well as restoration of good governance in the administration and decentralisation of urban facilities to ensure development in rural areas.
Nasrul added that corruption-free power and energy sectors was crucial for providing rural consumers with affordable and uninterrupted power supply.
The power and energy divisions separately hosted the state minister’s orientation programme attended by power division secretary Ahmad Kaikaus, energy division secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatullah Munim, Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission chairman Monwar Islam, Bangladesh Power Development Board chairman Khaled Mahmood, Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board chairman retired major general Moin Uddin and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation chairman Md Shahsur Rahman, among others.
With the latest power tariff hike in December 2017, the average retail price of electricity increased by 81.91 per cent, up from Tk 3.76 per kilowatt-hour or unit to Tk 6.84, in nine phases since March 2010.
According to power and energy experts, the deficiency in power sector stood at Tk 8,700 crore in 2018 despite power generation cost was increased by 239 per cent since 2009.

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