Power crisis to raise storm in next Parliament session: Menon
Reported by: UNBConnect
Reported on: Apr 09, 2012 05:17 pm
Reported in: National
Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) – Accusing the government of pursuing a wrong strategy to resolve the power crisis, Workers Party president Rashed Khan Menon, MP on Monday said the next session of parliament will see heated discussions on the problem.
“The next session of parliament will see heated discussions on the power crisis,” he told a roundtable titled ‘Power Crisis and Public Interest’ at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
Menon, whose Workers Party is a component of the ruling grand alliance, said the perennial power crisis has already raised storm on the streets.
Organised by Workers’ Party, the roundtable was addressed, among others, by ruling party MP and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Power and Energy Subid Ali Bhuiyan, Communist Party of Bangladesh president Mujahidul Islam Selim and Jatiya Samajtantric Dal (JSD) president Hasanul Haque Innu. Prof Shamsul Alam of Chittagong University will present the keynote paper at the function.
Menon said the government has been pursuing a wrong strategy to resolve the power crisis by setting up costly rental power plants in the private sector. “It’s unacceptable that people will pay extra to serve rental power plant owners.”
“The advisers (to the Prime Minister) have made the ministries ineffective. The situation has reached a disastrous stage. It’s a big question whether the government should have gone for costly rental power plants,” Menon told the roundtable.
He observed that electricity is being diverted to rural areas from the capital, but reports have it that rural areas are not getting the electricity.
Referring to early rains, he said, “Allah is helpful ... He has saved the rural people through rains.”