State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said, gas prices are not being raised, the prices are being adjusted.
He said this at a seminar titled 'Energy pricing: Impact on industries' organized by Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI)at Motijheel in the capital on Thursday.
Nasrul Hamid said, gas price will rise. But it is not being raised rather being adjusted. In this case it will not create any harm to the businessmen. If there is any problem then the government will see that.
The program was presided over by DCCI president Osama Taseer where its vice president Imran Ahmed, BUET Professor Dr. Ijaj Hossain and other businessmen were present. Secretary of energy division M Fakhrul Kabir Khan presented the key note paper in the program.
In the program the businessmen demanded not to raise the price of gas and for ensuring uninterrupted gas supply in the mill-factories.
The State Minister said, we sat along with FBCCI, DCCI, BGMEA and others one and half years ago. At that time we informed about adjusting the prices. Now we are going to adjust. It will be adjusted in the next five years.
He said, we are supplying gas of 9 taka at the rate of 6 taka. One some cases we are selling electricity 2 taka per unit. That means in the remote areas the government is supplying electricity to 80 lakh subscribers at a rate of 2 taka. As a result the rural economy is advancing. The government is providing subsidy worth 6 thousand crore taka per year in energy sector.