Daylight saving time likely from June
The government is likely to forward Bangladesh Standard Time by one hour from June under a proposed Daylight Saving Time (DST) plan to manage the power crisis.
The Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources yesterday discussed the issue with other ministries at a meeting. It also asked all ministries to send their views on the proposal by Thursday.
"We have requested all ministries concerned to let us know their views on the matter by Thursday," State Minister for Power Shamsul Haque Tuku told reporters after the meeting at his ministry.
Representatives from 18 ministries were present at the meeting.
Shamsul said if other ministries support the daylight-saving proposal, then it will be placed before the cabinet for the government's final decision.
If the proposal is approved, all will have to forward their clocks by one hour from June because HSC examinations begins on April 16 and runs till May 28, the minister added.
The power ministry went ahead with the proposal to cut down electricity consumption.
What it actually means is that offices and businesses will open and close an hour early, resulting in a change of habit for people. The reason DST works is because it saves energy as less artificial light is needed in the evening.
Many countries including United States, Canada, most European countries, Brazil, and some middle eastern countries use DST.
Top officials of power and energy divisions and Prime Minister's Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury attended the meeting.