The total electricity bill arrears as of October 2018 stood at Tk 6,882.95 crore, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid told parliament yesterday.
Of the dues, electricity bills amounting to Tk 642.98 crore remain unpaid by various ministries and government agencies, he said. He placed the statistics in reply to a starred question from M Nazrul Islam Babu from Narayanganj-2.
The arrears by semi-government and non-government institutions are Tk 763.90 crore while private sector owes Tk 5,476.06 crore to the ministry, he said.
He said a number of steps have been taken, including severing electricity connections and conducting drives through formation of taskforces, to realise the arrears.
In reply to a query, the state minister said it would be possible to ensure electricity at all upazilas by December this year.
While replying to another query, Nasrul Hamid informed the House that the rate of system loss has been reduced to 11.85 percent from 16.85 percent.