Govt empowered to hike electricity, gas prices

The government has empowered itself to adjust the prices of electricity and gas in special cases without conducting any hearing.

A gazette has been published in this regard on Thursday.

Earlier, the cabinet secretary, Khandker Anwarul Islam, said the BERC has to wait up to 90 days to take any decision in the light of existing ordinance, resulting in delay in setting new price of fuel when it is necessary.

That is the reason why a new section is being incorporated in the act. As per the new section 'Ka' of ordinance-34, the government would be able to adjust the fuel price, if necessary, added the cabinet secretary, he added.