The electricity outage situation in the country has improved compared to that of the last month and with the decrease of fuel price in the global market the crisis will abate further.
State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid made the remarks as the chief guest at a discussion styled "Bangabandhu's biography and mournful August 15" on Saturday.
Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) organised the virtual event on the occasion of the 47th martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
The State Minister said Bangabandhu's ideology of peace and progress is the main force behind Bangladesh's economic prosperity. His visionary leadership built a solid foundation of development for the formation of a timely modern state based on the spirit of the liberation war in just three and a half years. Bangabandhu's greatness, ideological struggle, suffering and self-sacrifice as a politician and person are rare in world history.
Nasrul Hamid said, “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu had a dream of providing the villages the same facilities as towns. He made electricity a part of the constitution, which is unprecedented in the history of the world, so that every person in the village gets electricity. Bangabandhu's far-sightedness can be seen in another landmark decision. Just five days before his death, he bought five gas fields from Shell Oil Company, from which we still get about 40% of the country's gas.”
“When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came to power, she thought if her father's dream can be actualised, everyone's dream will be materialised. Before 2009, there was no electricity for 16-18 hours a day across the country. From that difficult situation, we have achieved 100% electrification in the country under the leadership of honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he added.
"The power division is working to bring the present situation under control," he said, adding, "We have consolidated the economy. We have to be courageous and push forward."
“The Russia-Ukraine war has had a big economic impact on every country in the world, including Bangladesh. Following this, the government adopted a scheduled load shedding policy for about one and a half months to deal with the energy crisis. This month's power situation is better than last month. Hope the situation is likely to improve further in the coming days.”
He requested everyone to be patient and said, have faith in honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina - Bangladesh will become a happy, prosperous, golden Bengal before the scheduled time.
Power Secretary Habibur Rahman spoke as the special guest in the meeting presided over by Chairman of the Power Development Board Engineer Md Mahbubur Rahman.
Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, former chief secretary to the prime minister, was the chief discussant of the session. Different officials from BPDB and Power offices across the country were also present.