Sheikh Hasina said the actual cost of power generation is much higher than the price per unit at the consumer level
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said it will not be possible to always provide subsidy for power generation, urging all to maintain austerity in electricity use.
"It’s not always possible to give subsidy… everybody should keep it in mind," she said, report UNB.
The Prime Minister made the statement while inaugurating two power generation stations, 11 grid subcenter, six transmission lines and 100% electrification activities in 31 upazilas under 18 districts across the country virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence on Thursday.
Sheikh Hasina said the actual cost of power generation is much higher than the price per unit at the consumer level.
She mentioned that the government is still giving subsidy to provide power at a lower price to the consumer level.
"We’re giving electricity connections to consumers at a lower rate compared to the production cost," she said, reports UNB.
Noting that the government has multifaceted the electricity production, Sheikh Hasina said power is now being generated through gas, coal and solar panel.
“As many as 5.8 million solar panels have been set up in the country and grid line is being set up so that the electricity produced from solar energy can be added to the grid lines,” she said, reports BSS.
The Prime Minister urged all to maintain austerity in using power because the government is providing huge subsidy to the power sector.
She said the government has taken massive programs for the development of the country so that people could attain their economic solvency.
"The more people will attain their economic solvency, the more they’ll be able to give the price that we’re spending (for power generation)."
Hasina mentioned that the government has to create that capability for people. "That’s why we’re providing these facilities for the people."
Currently, she said, 97% of the people are under the electricity coverage with the capacity of 23,548 MW. The government has set a target to raise the coverage to 100% by 2021.
"We’ve taken a plan to produce 24,000 MW by 2021, 40,000 MW by 2030 and 60,000 MW by 2041," Hasina said.
The Prime Minister said the government is setting up 100 economic zones across the county where there will be industrialization and employment generation for which more electricity will be needed.
She said the more people “use Digital Bangladesh”, the more electricity the country will require.
"…we want to ensure economic development of the whole country; we want to ensure development of rural areas; we want to provide all urban facilities to rural areas," she said.
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Recalling the negligence of the BNP-Jamaat government towards Tungipara (Gopalganj), the birthplace of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, she said the present government never neglects any specific areas in the process of development.
Of the two newly-built power generation stations, one is in Bogra, Hasina said.
Talking about the August-15, 1975 massacre, she said the whole nation had lost its future hope and desire with this massacre.
The prime minister said the government is working to materialize the desire, ideals, aims of the Father of the Nation to Liberate the country. "Our aim is to fulfil the Father of the Nation's dreams, reach the goals, put a smile on people's faces and give them a better life," she said.
State Minister for Power and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid along with his officials were connected from his Ministry while a cross-section of beneficiaries from five districts also virtually connected with the program.
The prime minister spoke to some of the beneficiaries through the videoconference.
The upazilas which came under 100% power coverage are Nabinagar, Sarail and Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria district, Faridganj and Kachua in Chandpur, Barura and Muradnagar in Comilla, Bhanga and Boalmari in Faridpur district, Sadullapur in Gaibandha district, Jhenaidah Sadar in Jhenaidah district.
Other upazilas brought under 100% electricity coverage are Manikganj Sadar, Daulatpur, Singair and Shibalaya in Manikganj district, Rajnagar in Molvibazar district, Manda, Dhamoirhat and Sapahar in Naogaon district, Domar in Nilphamari district, Begumganj in Noakhali district, Mirzaganj in Patuakhali district, Rajbari sadar, Pangsha and Baliakandi in Rajbari district, Baghmara in Rajshahi district, Satkhira Sadar in Satkhira district, Zakiganj and Osmaninagar in Sylhet district, Raypura in Narsingdi district and Kalkini in Madaripur district.