State minister for power, energy and mineral resources Nasrul Hamid on Monday requested the finance ministry to withdraw the budget proposal for submission of Tax Identification Number (TIN) by ‘lifeline’ subscribers to get power connection.
‘The lifeline subscribers are extremely poor as they usually consume electricity below 50 units per month and most of them are day labourers. They will face trouble in getting TIN and it will be inhuman,’ he told BSS on Monday.
The state minister on Monday issued a Demand Order (DO) and sent it to finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal for withdrawing the proposal made in the new national budget.
Nasrul said that as per the election manifesto the Awami League government had a target to supply electricity to every house by 2021. So this budget proposal will go against the target, he added.
He said that the total number of subscribers reached 3.34 crore, of which 2.64 crore were under Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB) including 1.20 crore lifeline subscribers.
According to the power ministry, the lifeline subscribers are identified on the basis of their highest (50 units) use of electricity per month.