Energy sector development

Published:  04:13 AM, 10 August 2019

'We need to focus on R&D'

'We need to focus on R&D' State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid has said a disastrous situation has been created in the energy sector due to indecision.  He came up with the remark while addressing a seminar marking the Energy Security Day in the city yesterday.

"We've pushed the energy sector to a disastrous situation through indecision," the junior minister said. He said, "Why can't we take decision after 45 years if Bangabandhu could do so in 1975. We have to build up a courageous leadership. We have to keep in mind that leadership has risks," he further said. About proper training of officials, Nasrul Hamid said, "Sixty percent of the files I sign everyday are regarding overseas trip. When I see a training course for seven to ten days, I assume it is useless. I always ask those who go to foreign visit to give presentation after returning home. But none does so."

He laid emphasis on more research and development (R&D) for the development of the energy sector. About creating skilled workforce, he said, "Model should be made of training for three months and six months so that we can create skilled workforce. The Power Division provides 2,599 training every year."

Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Shahiduzzaman Sarker also spoke at the seminar, among others. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman purchased five gas fields -- Titas, Bakhrabad, Habiganj, Rashidpur and Kailashtila --from a foreign company with a nominal price which was fixed at 4.5 million pound.  Since 2010, the day has been observed as the Energy Security Day.

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