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Dhaka Saturday,  Jun 3, 2023

Be frugal in using electricity: PM


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today renewed her call to the countrymen to be economical in using electricity saying that the government has to spend a huge amount of money to produce it.

“You’ll have to be economical in using electricity … we want that the people to use it properly,” she said while opening Bheramara 410-MW Combined Cycle Power Plant and cent percent electrification in 15 upazilas through a videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence here this morning.

From the same function, the premier opened innovative online training platform “Kusholi”.

The prime minister said the government takes less amount of electricity bill than the actual amount of money that is spent for producing a single watt of power. “We give a huge amount of subsidy in this regard,” she said.

“So I would like to request all to be careful in using electricity … you’ll will have to fulfil your demand by using less amount of electricity as much as possible,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said it will not be appropriate to misuse electricity considering “Sarkar ka maal daria me dhal” (throw away government property into rivers).

The prime minister also requested the teachers, students and officials to switch off the lights, fans and other electric appliances while coming out of the schools and offices. “It will not hamper your dignity, rather you can protect the government assets,” she said.

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion.

Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmed Kaikaus made a power point presentation on the past, present and future of electricity in Bangladesh, while PM’s Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman moderated the function.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid were present.

Besides, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Tazul Islam, Jatiya Sangsad Whip Atiur Rahman Atiq, the Japanese Charge d’Affaires in Dhaka, parliament members and senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office were present at the function, among others.

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