Govt, non-govt agencies owe

Published:  02:50 AM, 14 September 2018

Tk 1,435cr in power bills

Tk 1,435cr in power bills

Different government and non-government agencies owe a total of Tk 1,435 crore to the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources as their outstanding electricity bills.

State Minister for Power Nasrul Hamid revealed the information in parliament yesterday when he was replaying to a question of Nazrul Islam Babu, a ruling Awami League lawmaker from Narayanganj-2.

Of the amount, a total of Tk 668 crore remains unpaid by different government offices, including ministries, while Tk 766 crore by semi-government and non-government offices, he said, presenting a list of 43 ministries and semi-government bodies having power bill unpaid.

The state minister said they have taken various measures, including distribution of power bills to customers in time, taking legal action against defaulters, holding intra-ministerial meetings, conducting surprise drives and disconnecting power lines to realize the dues. According to the data presented by Nasrul Hamid, the Food and Disaster Management Ministry tops the list with outstanding bills of around Tk 97 crore.

Of the other offices, Housing and Public Works Ministry has Tk 95.30 crore outstanding power bills while Home Ministry Tk 64.53 crore, Religious Affairs Ministry Tk 57.32 crore, Health and Family Welfare Ministry Tk 46.96 crore and Education Ministry Tk 37.66 crore.

The state minister said the government is generating between 10,500MW and 11,400MW of electricity daily on the basis of demand. "We have brought 92 percent people under electricity coverage," he said while replying to a starred question from treasury bench member Morshed Alam of Noakhali-2. The state minister said currently

the electricity generation capacity has reached 20,133MW (captive and renewable energy), adding, "Presently public sector has 8,986MW power generation capacity and private sector generation capacity 8,057MW."

Nasrul informed the House that power plants usually produce electricity on the basis of daily demand as per merit order dispatch, adding, "On an average per unit of electricity generation cost was Tk 6.25 during the financial year of 2017-2018."

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