State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Monday told parliament that the unrealised electricity bill stands at Tk 6882.95 crore until October 2018.
The amount has been pending with various government, semi-government and private organisations, he said.
‘Some Tk 5476.06 crore has remained outstanding with private organisations while Tk 763.90 crore with semi-government and Tk 642.92 crore with government offices,’ Hamid told the House while responding to a question of the treasury bench lawmaker Nazrul Islam Babu for Narayanganj 2 constituency.
The junior minister mentioned the names of 40 government offices, including the education ministry, the liberation war affairs ministry, the food ministry, the housing and public works ministry and the health ministry, with whom the bills remain pending.
The junior minister, however, has not mentioned the names of the semi-government and private organisations, which are yet to pay the outstanding bills.
As per the list of defaulters of 40 public offices, the highest amount of outstanding bill stands at Tk 323.40 crore with the education ministry, Tk 142.48 crore with the liberation war affairs ministry, Tk 128.37 crore with the food ministry, Tk 78.16 crore with the housing and public works ministry and Tk 49.22 crore with the health ministry.
The junior minister said various measures had been taken to realise the outstanding bills.
Responding to another question of opposition lawmaker Rustam Ali Farazi, Hamid said the country’s total gas stock is around 11.46 trillion cubic feet, or TCF.
‘With the stock of 1.006 TCF gas which was recently invented in Bhola district, country’s total gas stock now stands at 11.46 TCF till January 1, this year,’ he said.
The country’s total available gas is not adequate compared to its increasing demand, he said.
He said discovery and exploring of new gas field is now underway to fulfil the growing demand of gas.
‘Five international oil companies are being involved solely and jointly to discover oil and gas on the seabed,’ he said.
Besides, the government has taken various initiatives to attract the investment of the foreign companies to the oil-gas exploring programme in the sea region, he added.
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