State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Sunday said the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is working restlessly to ensure smooth supply of electricity in affordable price for all the people of the country.
“There is nothing to worry about it, we are working on it. It will take time for supplying uninterrupted power to all. Countries like Korea had taken 30 years for ensuring uninterrupted supply to its countrymen,” he said while addressing a dialogue as the chief guest at a city hotel.
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) organised the dialogue titled ‘Power and Energy Sector: Immediate Issues and Challenges’, with its Chairman Professor Rehman Sobhan in the chair.
The dialogue was also addressed, among others, Dr M Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor of BRAC University; Professor Badrul Imam, Professor of Department of Geology, Dhaka University; and Professor Dr M Shamsul Alam, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Daffodil International University spoke as panelists at the event.
The experts, at the discussion, put their recommendations for the development of the power and energy sectors in the days to come.
The state minister said price of electricity in Bangladesh is the lowest level among developing countries, adding, “It is very difficult to work in particular sector such as power, as many people give different advices which sometimes create confusion.”
He said the information provided by the CDP at today’s event should be updated as they gave old information.
Regarding corruption in the sector, he said corruption is reducing and the system loss has brought down to a single digit, which was 44 percent during the BNP-Jamaat alliance.
“System loss in Chattagram and DESCO is now at seven percent, which is visible in developed countries,” the state minister said.
Research Director of CPD Khandker Golam Moazzem presented the keynote paper at the event.
He said one of the main achievements of the present government is power and energy sector as it has been able to meet the shortfall in power by generating sufficient electricity.