The prime minister also urged everyone to practise cleanliness in every step of life
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all to exercise austerity in using electricity and water as the government provides these utilities at subsidized prices.
The prime minister also urged everyone to practise cleanliness in every step of life.
"We provide subsidy in providing power and water to you. Thousands of crores of taka are given in this connection as subsidy; you must be judicious in using these," she said on Saturday.
She made the statement while speaking at separate functions organized to inaugurate the newly constructed multi-storey buildings of 988 flats at Motijheel and Azimpur government colonies for public servants.
She asked all to switch off lights, fans, ACs and other electrical appliances when they leave a room in their offices or homes.
"If you do that the bills will be much less. We have digitized everything; now no one can tamper electricity bills," she said.
About the scarcity of water when the Awami League government came to power after the 2008 elections, Sheikh Hasina said her government built Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant 1 in 1996.
Later, the government also constructed Sayedabad Water Treatment Plant 2 and 3.
"We are constructing more water treatment plants," she said.
The prime minister said it takes a good amount of money to purify one litre of water, while the same is needed for producing one watt of electricity.
"We are giving subsidy, you have to exercise austerity."
She also called upon all to practise cleanliness everywhere and regretted that people are little aware of that.
"Let me tell you something with regret, that the sense of cleanliness among the people of our country is too little," the prime minister said.
Hasina said people should clean up corridors, stairs, and lifts of a building apart from keeping their own houses clean.
"You have to do your own work, there is nothing to be ashamed of; you have to practise cleanliness from the roads to your home."
Mentioning that cleanliness practice does not cost any money, she said: "It only takes your sincerity. Your body and mind will be healthy if you remain clean."
Sheikh Hasina said people voted Awami League to power and the only job of her government is to serve them.
Hasina said the government has been able to develop Bangladesh in a real sense by being in power continuously since 2008. "We have been able to develop the living standards of people," she said.
She said: "Our development is not limited to urban areas. Our aim is to ensure the socioeconomic development of the grassroots people in rural areas; we are working in that direction."
Describing various development activities of the government for public servants, Sheikh Hasina asked them to serve people. "Your salaries and wages are coming from taxpayers' money. So, you must perform your duty keeping that in mind."
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain presided over the program.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith also spoke at the Azimpur program, while a written statement of Social Welfare Minister Rashed Khan Menon wasread out at the Motijheel program, as he is hospitalized.