Rizvi says raising the gas tariffs is ‘illegal’ and ‘inhuman’
BNP has threatened to take to the streets if the government implements the “illegal” proposal for hiking the gas tariffs.
"The government is out to increase gas tariffs again to inflict sufferings on common people. An unjustified proposal was made to raise gas prices by 103%, only to plunder public money," BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan central office, he also said the government's move to raise the gas tariffs is “illegal” and an “inhuman” one.
"We would like to clearly say the government must back off from its anti-people move to hike gas prices. Otherwise, we will take to the streets with strong programs to realize our demands," the BNP leader warned.
Mentioning that gas prices were raised six times over the last 10 years, he said the government's latest move to raise the gas tariffs is illogical since fuel prices are stable on the international market.
Rizvi said common people will be affected badly if gas taxes are hiked. "It will also hamper production in mills and factories and increase unemployment."
He said transport fares will also go up if gas prices are hiked. "It will ultimately increase people's cost of living."
The BNP leader also renewed their party's demand for ensuring better treatment for their ailing party chief, Khaleda Zia, and her release from jail.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) held a four-day long public hearing since Monday, on proposals for raising gas prices.
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 raising gas tariffs.