Government-owned, semi-government and private organisations owe around Tk 6,882.95 crore in electricity bills, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament on Monday.
“Private organisations owe Tk 5476.06 crore, semi-government Tk 763.90 crore while the government offices owe Tk 642.92 crore in electricity bills as of October 2018,” Nasrul Hamid told the House while responding to a question of treasury bench lawmaker Nazrul Islam Babu from Narayanganj-2 constituency.The junior minister informed that 40 government offices, including the education ministry, liberation war affairs ministry, food ministry, housing and public works ministry and health ministry have not paid the outstanding bills.
He, however, did not name the semi-government and private organisations with outstanding electricity bills.
Of the 40 public offices, the highest amount of outstanding bill stands at Tk 323.40 crore with education ministry, Tk 142.48 crore with liberation war affairs ministry, Tk 128.37 crore with food ministry, Tk 78.16 crore with housing and public works ministry and Tk 49.22 crore with the health ministry.
Nasrul Hamid said various measures had been taken to realise the outstanding bills.
Responding to another question of opposition lawmaker Rustam Ali Farazi, Hamid said the country’s total gas stock is 11.46 trillion cubic feet (TCF).
“With the stock of 1.006 TCF gas which was recently invented in Bhola district, country’s total gas stock now stands at 11.46 TCF till January 1 this year,” he said.The country’s total available gas is not adequate compared to its increasing demand, he said.
He said efforts are underway to explore new gas fields to fulfil the growing demand of gas. “Five international oil companies are being involved to explore new oil and gas reserves in the deep sea,” he said.
Besides, the government has taken various initiatives for attracting foreign investment in offshore oil and gas exploration activities.