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12:00 AM, September 22, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 22, 2012

Left parties protest power tariff hike

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Protesting the recent power tariff hike and asking the government to withdraw it, leaders of left-leaning political parties yesterday said the rise would cause the rich to pay less while the poor to spend more.
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission, on Thursday increased the retail power tariff by 15 percent to Tk 5.75 per unit.
The leaders were addressing separate rallies on the power tariff hike organised by Communist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesher Samajtantrik Dal and Ganosanghati Andolon in front of Jaitya Press Club in the capital, says press releases.
Widening the tariff slabs to six from three will force moderate users to pay more and increase the price of essential commodities, adding insult to the injury of the common people, said the leaders.
The government could solve the problems related to electricity by setting up new power plants or repairing the existing plants. But it opted for the quick rental power plants to loot people's money, they added.
Ganotantrik Bam Morcha, a platform of left-leaning parties, declared to besiege Bangladesh Power Development Board on September 25 while National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports will besiege the Ministry of Energy on September 30.

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