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Scrap move to raise gas price or face movement: Gono Forum to govt

Staff Correspondent

14 March 2019,Thursday, 18:23



Gono Forum today threatened to wage a movement if the government does not scrap its move to hike gas prices.

In a statement, party president Kamal Hossain and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu termed irrational the proposal for raising the gas prices.

"If the deception in the name of public hearing and the efforts to hike the gas tariffs in the interest of LNG businessmen continue, action programmes will be announced," they said in the statement.

They said further increase in gas tariffs will push up people's cost of living and hamper people's lives, production in factories and development of the country.

“The production in industries and factories and the transport system will be at stake if the gas prices are hiked further,” said the Gono Forum leaders, adding that gas price hike will also have a bad impact on the prices of daily essentials as transportation cost will also go up.

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) held a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since Monday.

During the hearing, Titas Gas Transmission and Distribution Company Ltd, Sundarban Gas Company Ltd, Bakhrabad Gas Distribution Company, and Jalalabad Gas Distribution Company placed identical proposals for hiking the gas tariffs.

 

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