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BNP demands rejecting gas price hike

24 February 2017, 3:53:36

Staff Correspondent:Political opponent BNP today demanded withdrawing the latest hike in gas pricing by the government.

In a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan headquarters, the party’s Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed said: “The ruling Awami League has increased gas prices five-fold in three phases”.

“The common people will pay the price for the price hike. Its impact will fall on every sector,” he said demanding that the government immediately reject the gas price hike.

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission yesterday decided to implement the hike in two phases.

Households using double burners have to pay Tk 800 each from next month compared to Tk 650 now, while those using single burners have to pay Tk 750 each against Tk 600. From June, the bill for a double burner will be Tk 950 and for a single burner Tk 900.

The two-phase rising means expenditures of households and commercial users on gas bills would go up by around 50 percent.

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