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All rural households to get electricity: PM

Country to be well-lit through power supply, she says

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a meeting with the high officials and chiefs of different organisations under the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources at the ministry's conference room at the secretariat Thursday. -- New Age photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addressing a meeting with the high officials and chiefs of different organisations under the ministry of power, energy and mineral resources at the ministry's conference room at the secretariat Thursday. -- New Age photo

With much of rural areas still await electricity, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that her government would reach electricity to each and every household of the country to spur the rural economy, UNB reported.
‘We’ve assumed office again with people’s mandate and by the grace of the Almighty Allah, we’ll be able to maintain the pace of development and reach electricity to each and every household of the country as per our goal,’ she said.
The prime minister came up with the remarks in her introductory speech before the high officials and chiefs of different organisations under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources at the ministry’s conference room at the secretariat.
This was Sheikh Hasina’s first meeting with the high-ups of the power ministry since she assumed office as the prime minister for the third time.
PM’s power and energy adviser Dr Towfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury and state minister Nasrul Hamid Bipu and secretaries of Power Division and Energy and Mineral Resources Division were present.
The prime minister said that in her immediate-past term, the country witnessed power generation capacity of 10,000 MW surpassing the target of 7,000 MW envisioned in the election manifesto of Awami League.
Referring to a new slogan of the power sector ‘Jolse Alo Bhasche Des, Ghore Ghore Alor Resh’, Hasina said, ‘We’ll provide power to each and every household, this is our pledge and we’ll ensure it in various forms.’
Apart from increasing power generation, drilling of newer gas wells, purchasing power from the neighboring countries, Hasina said, her government would import LNG and take effective steps to meet the demand of gas as well as put due emphasis on renewable energy.
‘We’ll make the country well-lit through ensuring power supply as per our ability,’ the prime minister said adding that the socio-economic development of the country largely depends on power generation. ‘The more there will be power generation, the greater there will be economic development.’
About his first meeting of the new government at the Power and Energy Ministry, the premier said the already accomplished works in the sector, future plan, reviewing the overall situation, immediate solution to some problems, farsighted plans and how to implement the mega projects came up at the meeting for discussions.
The prime minister noted that once there was a huge crisis of power in the country and people had to lay down their lives in police firing for demanding power at Kansat during the misrule of BNP-Jamaat.




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