A reconstructed taskforce would help prevent future incidents such as the inflated electricity bills
The Consumers Association of Bangladesh (CAB), Chittagong chapter on Thursday demanded reconstitution of the government taskforce, authorized to monitor consumer sufferings, as it was manned by power division officials.
A reconstructed taskforce would help prevent future incidents such as the inflated electricity bills.
The taskforce is headed by an additional secretary of the power, energy and mineral resources ministry, and comprises of representatives from CAB and the media, the organization says in a release on the day.
They also demanded withdrawal of the deadline to pay electricity bills of March-May by June 30, as the Covid-19 pandemic had adversely affected people's incomes and many still would not be able to repay the arrears.
The CAB leaders said the power division had taken decision of averaging bills at a time when people were passing through difficult times due to their falling incomes amid the pandemic.
The statement said the power division’s announcement to sever connections for unpaid bills was not only inhuman, but unacceptable.
The real scenario would have been revealed if an inquiry was launched at the consumer level. Now this taskforce will not find any anomaly and there will be no solution to the inflated power bills as it is formed by the officials at the power division, the CAB leaders have said.
CAB central committee vice president SM Nazer Hossain, Chittagong divisional secretary Kazi Iqbal Bahar and Chittagong city president Jesmine Sultana Paru signed the media statement.