Power price hiked slightly to solve long-term problem: Quader

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The government has slightly increased power price aiming to solve the long-standing problem of electricity in the country, said road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Friday.

“The electricity price in the country has been raised a little bit to give a permanent solution to the power problem,” he told a discussion and milad mahfil organised in remembrance of Shaheed Selim-Delwar in the city’s Hatirpool area.

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‘Shaheed Delwar Selim Smrity Parishad’ organised the discussion with its president Abdul Wadud in the chair.

Awami League (AL) presidium member Jahangir Kabir Nanak also addressed the discussion, among others.

Quader, also ruling Awami League general secretary, said people have to endure inconvenience a little for ensuring availability of cent-per cent electricity. As regards electricity generation, the government will have to give Tk 35 billion subsidy, he added.

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This temporary inconvenience should be tolerated, he said.

Quader said people suffered a lot due to load-shedding during the past BNP regime.

Under the dynamic leadership of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, people are not facing any trouble regarding electricity and water supply, he added.