People should accept gas price hike: PM

“If you truly want economic development, it’ll [gas-price hike] have to be accepted,” The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

Bangladesh has achieved 8.1 percent GDP growth, said Sheikh Hasina adding, “It was possible as we paid enough attention to energy, and we’ve been able to boost power generation, too. But, we’re to import gas, and the import cost of LNG is huge. Energy is most important for economic development.”

In 2004-2005, India had wanted to take gas from Myanmar installing pipeline through Bangladesh, but Khaleda Zia government didn’t allow it.

Had she (Sheikh Hasina) been in the power at that time, she would have allowed the pipeline ensuring Bangladesh’s share from the gas, Hasina said.



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