Cabinet seeks explanation for fuel price hike

Cabinet seeks explanation for fuel price hike

Staff Correspondentdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 18:17 11 August 2022   Updated: 18:18 11 August 2022

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Cabinet meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, while her Cabinet colleagues were present in the meeting room of the Cabinet Division; Photo: Collected

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina joined the Cabinet meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, while her Cabinet colleagues were present in the meeting room of the Cabinet Division; Photo: Collected

The Cabinet today directed the Energy Division to give explanations to the people over the recent fuel price hike in the country.

The directive was given at the Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held at Bangladesh Secretariat in the capital on Thursday.

The Premier joined the meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban, while her Cabinet colleagues were present in the meeting room of the Cabinet Division.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, replying to a question at a press briefing after the meeting, said that the Cabinet was informed about what the Energy Ministry or Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) disseminated to the media in detail about the fuel prices.

“The Energy Ministry was asked to brief elaborately again as it is a technical issue,” he said, adding that the BPC chairman already explained in detail the matter at a recent press briefing.

In reply to a question about whether the government would come back from its stance, the Cabinet Secretary said, “They (the ministry or BPC) will make all things clear.”

On Friday last, diesel price was increased by Tk 34 to Taka 114 per liter while octane price by Taka 46 to Taka 135 and petrol by Taka 44 to Taka 130.

On Friday (August 5) night, the government announced to increase in the prices of diesel, petrol, kerosene and octane. The price has increased by Tk 34 per liter in diesel, Tk 34 in kerosene, Tk 46 in octane and Tk 44 in petrol. After the price hike, diesel is being sold at Tk 114, kerosene at Tk 114, octane at Tk 135 and petrol at Tk 130.

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