Left parties protest govt move to hike gas price

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Mar 11,2019 | Updated: 00:27, Mar 11,2019

 
 

Left Democratic Alliance holds a rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday in protest against bid to increase gas prices. — New Age photo

Leaders and activists of left-leaning parties on Sunday slammed the government for its move to increase gas price though gas supply remains inadequate.
Left Democratic Alliance comprised of eight left-leaning parties, staged a protest rally in front of National Press Club at 4.00pm on the day urging the government to stop taking the move for public interest, said a press release.
Chaired by the alliance coordinator Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Communist Party of Bangladesh present Mujahidul Islam Selim, Socialist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Khalequzzaman spoke among others in the rally held ahead of the public hearing on proposals of gas price hike by Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission.
They demanded punishment of corrupt members of Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, end of the BERC’s arbitrary energy pricing in the name of farcical public hearing, fair pricing of gas cylinder for domestic use, check wastage in the gas sector, natural gas extraction after ensuring 100 per cent ownership of the gas blocks and end of private monopoly in importing liquefied natural gas.
The speakers demanded government to identify the people involved with corruption in the gas sector and take actions against them.
They also announced sit-in programmes in front of BERC office on March 13, the release mentioned.
At a separate rally at the same venue, the leaders and activists of Ganasamhati Andolan also protested the BERC’s arbitrary energy pricing in the name of farcical public hearing.
The party chief coordinator Zunayed Saki said that the government without mass support was executing anti-people activities after being elected through a controversial election on December 30 where the gas price increase was one of those.
Though there was no logical reason behind the price hike, he said, the BERC was going to arrange another mass hearing today.
The party leaders Saikat Mallik, Abul Hasan Rubel, Bacchu Bhuiyan and Julhasnain Babu were present at the rally.
BERC is scheduled to begin public hearing today to re-fix gas prices at consumer level and gas transmission and distribution charges. The hearing would continue till March 14, according to a BERC circular.

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