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Ministries owe power distributors Tk 13.64b

Shamim Jahangir     23rd October, 2017 02:30:08 printer

Ministries owe power distributors Tk 13.64b

Different ministries and divisions owe a whopping Tk 1,364.07 crore in outstanding electricity bills to the power distribution companies. 


The Power Division on Wednesday decided to issue demo-official letters to the secretaries of the ministries to realise the unpaid bills.


The Power Division under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources decided to send the letters after reviewing the unpaid electricity bills of different ministries and divisionst an inter-ministerial meeting.   


The defaulters include the local government division, ministry of disaster management, housing and public works ministry, agriculture ministry, liberation war affairs, textile and jute, fisheries and livestock ministry. 


Referring to the huge due bills owed by the ministries, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus said it’s important to pay the electricity bills in time to help the distribution companies maintain financial solvency.


“The power distribution companies often purchase electricity at higher rates and supply it to consumers at lower prices. The government is also paying hefty of subsidy in the power sector,” he said at the meeting.


Representatives of relevant ministries and divisions attended the meeting.


The Rural Electrification Board (REB) said it failed to get Tk 70 crore in rebate in electricity charge for irrigation.


The amount of dues stuck with Dhaka North City Corporation stands at around Tk 19 crore till June till June this year while the Tongi Pourashava owe Tk 7.57 crore, the DESCO executive director said at the meeting. 


The meeting asked the ministries to pay the dues from the funds they have been allocated for paying electricity bills. The ministries or divisions can mobilise additional fund if necessary for payment of due electricity bills, the meeting decided.