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Move taken to raise utility tariffs every year for ‘plundering’: BNP

Published on: 8:33 pm - Saturday | June 27, 2020

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BNP on Saturday alleged that the government has taken a move to raise the tariffs of electricity and fuel every year to “boost ruling party leaders’ deposits with Swiss banks through plundering”.

“They (govt) have shamelessly taken a move to raise the tariffs of power and fuel several times a year by force amid a controversy over ghost electricity bills,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at a human-chain programme, he further said, “The government has placed a bill in parliament to suck people’s blood by increasing the prices of electricity and fuel. We strongly protest the move.”

Future of Bangladesh, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the programme in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office protesting the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

On Tuesday last, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid placed the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in Parliament to empower the BERC to make any change in tariff more than once in every financial year.

Currently, the law permits the BERC to make any change in tariffs once in a financial year.

Rizvi said the government is realising money from people in different ways to create scopes for ruling party men to indulge in ‘plundering’ and amassing ‘ill-gotten’ wealth.

Referring to media reports, he said Bangladeshis deposited over 5,000 crores with Swiss banks. “Minister, bureaucrats and ruling party leaders did it by misappropriating public money over the last 12 years.”

“They need more money as they need to deposit more black money with the Swiss banks. That’s why they’re trying to increase the prices of electricity and fuel frequently,” Rizvi alleged.

The BNP leader said newspapers are running news on ghost electricity bills, but the government is hardly concerned about that.

About the coronavirus situation, he alleged that people are dying for lack of treatment as hospitals lack oxygen cylinders and other necessary equipment.

 

The BNP leader further alleged, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is running the country like an emperor and what she says is a law.”

He also said people who are talking about the government are being sent to jail and implicated in ‘false’ cases.

“We would like to say, we would continue our protest no matter what. We’re ready to go to jail. But people will not accept your repression and suppression,” Rizvi added

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