Letter To the Editor
Keep gas price unchanged
Energy is the key to the development of a country. Bangladesh is rich in natural gas. Since it is an indigenous natural resource, the price is expected to be low comparing to other sources of energy. Unfortunately, the government has taken step to increase the price again. Consumer rights groups, energy experts, industrialists, and left-leaning politicians yesterday vehemently opposed the government's plan to raise gas price. As per the laws of the Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC), the price of gas cannot be increased twice in a fiscal year. The commission raised the bulk, distribution and transmission rates of LNG-blended gas on October 16 last year and applied to the BERC in January seeking another hike.
However, the proposal of price hike goes against law which suggests that price cannot be increased twice in a single fiscal year. So, common people's demand is absolutely logical and government should not increase the price.