The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, and Ports yesterday welcomed the prime minister's comments suggesting “preservation of the coal reserves for the future generation”.
"The premier's comments reflected largely the people's desire and demand," said a statement of the watchdog, which has been opposing to subsequent governments' decisions of awarding energy blocks to foreign companies for extraction.
It recalled that the people in the past shed their blood and staged movements for “protecting the coal mines" at Phulbari of Dinajpur.
The statement was issued after the organisation held a meeting on the comments of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with Convener of the committee Engineer Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah in the chair.
The meeting, however, demanded that the government take short-, medium- and long-term plans by forming a national platform to ensure proper and optimum use of coal resources.
Member secretary of the organisation Professor Anu Muhammad and other leaders including Engineer M Enamul Haque and Ruhin Hossain Prince attended the meeting.