‘Solar energy can help digitize rural Bangladesh’

Solar energy can help expand information technology across rural Bangladesh, Energy Adviser Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury said today.

He said inadequate power has emerged as the main impediment to turning the entire country into a digital one, while solar power could be the best probable solution, he told a seminar at the Sonargaon Hotel.

Bangladesh Solar Energy Development Forum (BSEDF) organized the seminar with support from Asian Development Bank.

The Adviser said the government is not capable of continuing fuel subsidy for which it marginally adjusted the fuel price with international price.

“It is completely impossible to give the huge amount of subsidy from government budgetary allocation or other sources of fund. The government had no alternative to increasing the price,” Tawfiq-e-Elahi added.

Power Division Secretary Md Abul Kalam Azad presided over the meeting where state minister for power and energy Enamul Haque, Power Development Board Chairman SM Alamgir Kabir, Power Division dditional Secretary Tapan Kumar Roy, IDCOL Executive Director and CEO Islam Sharif and Power Cell Director General Mahboob Sarwar-e-Kainat also spoke on the occasion.

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