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PM hailed for comment on preserving coal for future

The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power, and Ports yesterday welcomed the prime minister's comments suggesting “preservation of the coal reserves for the future generation”.

"The premier's comments reflected largely the people's desire and demand," said a statement of the watchdog, which has been opposing to subsequent governments' decisions of awarding energy blocks to foreign companies for extraction.

It recalled that the people in the past shed their blood and staged movements for “protecting the coal mines" at Phulbari of Dinajpur.

The statement was issued after the organisation held a meeting on the comments of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with Convener of the committee Engineer Sheikh Muhammad Shahidullah in the chair.

The meeting, however, demanded that the government take short-, medium- and long-term plans by forming a national platform to ensure proper and optimum use of coal resources.

Member secretary of the organisation Professor Anu Muhammad and other leaders including Engineer M Enamul Haque and Ruhin Hossain Prince attended the meeting.

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This is a bold decision taken by Sheikh Hasina. We cannot afford to extract coal at the cost of people's wealth, the long-term cumulative price of which will be more than the coal price. Thank you very much the Prime Minister. Your decision reflects people's demand. Hope your future decisions on any matters will also be of people-oriented.

: Md. Sirajul Islam Molla

Could it be conspiracy against our own country? So that we are more dependent on imported coal rather than of our own; Politics and business have been always difficult to understand as one is rather incumbent to the opposite factor often in denial in public arena.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee


  • Abul Karim
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 05:26 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    The future generation of Prof Anu Muhammad will remember him with gratitude when there is worldwide ban on coal use.

  • Ronen Rahman
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 03:17 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    The PM has apparently taken the National Committee to Protect Oil, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports on a ride. The other day PM's Adviser had said that a national coal policy was under study, although the last BNP government had also initiated a coal policy study. They real issue perhaps is that all governments want to remain on coal import mode -as all public sector imports can be subject to over-invoicing, irrespective of the prevailing prices. More disturbing could conceivably be that there are other external elements who would not like BD should rapidly progress based on its own source of energy. It really does not wash that the government wants to leave behind resources for the future generation, not for its own gains and fame.

  • Sellma
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 04:57 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Well if we go for coal extraction then it will lead to the creation of an inland Sea and after where will you re-settle the people so better leave the coal where it is since importing coal is a far better option!

  • himu
    Tuesday, January 17, 2012 04:56 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    This committee is too long-sighted and the patient will die before a solution arrives. They should try understand developments economics better.





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