BSTI found no formalin, chemicals in 600 fruit samples: minister

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:59, Feb 18,2020


Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution in 2019 tested about six hundred samples of fruits but no formalin or any other chemicals was found in them, industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun told parliament on Tuesday.

The minister came up with the findings in reply to a query from Awami League lawmaker M Abdul Latif.

In a scripted answer, the minister said that BSTI was operating mobile courts in a bid to curb using of harmful chemical in fruits in line with the High Court directives.

Meanwhile, state minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament that the government gave Tk 52,260 crore as subsidy in power sector in the last 10 years.

He said this in reply to a query from ruling Awami League lawmaker Didarul Alam from Chattogram-4.

Nasrul said the average cost of generating per unit electricity for both public and private sector was Tk 13-14 (furnace oil based), Tk 25-30 (diesel based) and Tk 2.5-3 (gas based).

On the contrary, the cost of per unit supply of electricity at the bulk level of the Power Development Board is Tk 5.82 and the average sales price of electricity at the bulk level is Tk 4.80.

Responding to the question of AL lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker from Naogaon-2, the state minister for power said that gas was being imported as LNG at present. At present, the equivalent of about 590 million cubic feet of LNG is being imported daily.

In response to a query from Jatiya Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam, Nasrul Hamid said that the amount of illegal gas line in Dhaka metropolitan city, Dhaka district, Munshiganj, Narayanganj and Gazipur was around 2.45 lakh meter. In these districts, 121 spots with the origin of illegal distribution lines had been identified.

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