Gas price hike move

Published:  03:09 AM, 15 March 2019

Opposition makes issue

Opposition makes issue

Gono Forum yesterday threatened the government to wage a mass movement if the government does not back off its move to hike gas price. In a statement, Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain and General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu also termed irrational the proposal for hiking the gas prices.

It read: "Action programs will be announced if the deception in the name of public hearing and the efforts to raise the gas tariffs in the interest of LNG businessmen are not stopped." Party leaders also said people's cost of living will go up and people's lives, production in factories and development of the country will be hampered if the gas prices are increased further.

The industries and factories and the transport system will be at stake if the gas tariffs are hiked. It will also have a bad impact on the prices of daily essentials and transportation cost, they observed. Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) held a four-day long public hearing on proposals for raising gas prices since Monday

In 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.On Wednesday, left-leaning parties threatened to go for action programs like hartal if the government does backtrack on its gas price hike move.

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