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Reforms in Energy Sector

BNP places 12-point proposal

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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BNP places 12-point proposal

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Major opposition BNP has placed a 12-point proposal to bring a radical reformation in country’s power and energy sector in a bid to ensure smooth and transparent supply of power and energy for people. 

On behalf of the party, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has placed the set of proposals at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital on Saturday. “If we are voted to power, we will resolve the current power crisis. We will abolish all black rules and regulations of power and energy,” he said.

Mentioning that the government, so far, has spent some Tk 90,000 crore as capacity charges on power plants, the BNP leader said the government set up and made deals with quick rentals though there is no need for them.

“People are now paying price due to the government's massive corruption and plundering [in the country’s power and energy sector],” he said. Placing the reform proposals, MirzaFakhrul said all black laws and provisions regarding the power and energy, including the existing Speedy Supply of Power and Energy (Special Provision) (Amendment) Act 2010, will be abolished, if the BNP is voted to power.

Renewal of contracts with rental or quick rental power plant companies will be stopped and all contracts made with the companies will be cancelled.

He said their party also will construct power plants through transparent international tender and will complete all the activities related to this same way.

“Medium and long-term plans for setting up power plants, transmission and distribution lines will be taken as per demand,” the BNP leader said.

The proposals also include ensuring proper exploration and extraction of the country's natural and mineral resources, training and developing local engineers and power and energy-related organisations using modern technology.

Measures to extract minerals from prospective gas/ petroleum sites as well as from the Bay of Bengal will be taken, he said,mentioning exemplary punishment for those involved in corruption and irregularities in this sector.

The proposals include gradually reducing fossil fuel dependence and meeting at least 50% of the total demand via renewables, especially hydroelectricity.

The BNP will introduce uninterrupted and cheap power supply with baseload power plants, if it is voted to power, he said, adding that they also will implement BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Vision-2030’s power and energy sector declaration.

Taking a swipe at foreign minister AK Abdul Momen for his comment that the people of Bangladesh are living in heaven compared to other countries, Mirza Fakhrul said that it was nothing but a joke with people when they were struggling to survive.

“At a time, when the people of the country are suffering every moment and finding it difficult to survive amid miseries, the foreign minister said we’re living in heaven. It’s ridiculous,” he said.