State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said on Thursday technological transformation will have to be ensured involving the stakeholders.
“The new technology must be user friendly, because people are naturally reluctant to connect with new technology,” he said, speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of ‘Installing Smart Prepayment Meters in Rajshahi Region under Northern Electricity Supply Company Limited (NESCO)’ s five lakh smart prepayment metering project online.Nasrul Hamid joined the function virtually and said the government will bring the entire grid areas of the country under cent percent electrification within the ‘Mujib Barsho’.
“It is necessary to increase rapidly the use of modern technology to ensure supply of quality power at affordable prices. Smart prepayment meters would help make consumers aware of their electricity usage,” he said.
The state minister said bills can be paid online and every consumer will get 1 percent rebate facility by using smart prepayment meters.
He directed all concerned to provide customer services 24 hours.
Chairman of NESCO board of directors Humaiun Kabir presided over the programme, while Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, lawmaker Fazle Hossain Badshah, power secretary Dr Sultan Ahmed, Chairman of Bangladesh Power Development Board Md Belayet Hossain and NESCO managing director Zakiul Islam joined the function and delivered their speeches.