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Nat’l Electricity Week begins today

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neStaff Reporter
The ‘National Electricity Week 2014’ begins in the capital today, aiming to create mass awareness about electricity saving and motivate the organizations under the Power Division to improve consumer services.
The theme of the program is ‘Bangladesh Advances as Nation Runs with Light Illuminating’ (jalchhe alo chalchhe desh, agiye jachhe Bangladesh).
Power Division of the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources has undertaken elaborated programs to observe the Electricity Week.
President Md Abdul Hamid will formally inaugurate the Electricity Week celebration program at a function at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).
Besides, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate a three-day scout camp on December 16 to create awareness about power saving.
On this occasion, a fair on electricity equipment and other related businesses will take place on the BICC premises with 97 public and private organizations, including IDCOL, Petrobangla, BERC, Board of Investment, United Group, Orion Group, National Bank and Brac Bank participating in it.
The exhibition will remain open from 10 am to 8 pm every day from December 11 to December 13.
“We’ve moved to observe the Electricity Week to create mass awareness about the electricity saving and also motivate the organizations under the Power Division for providing better services,” State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid told a press briefing on the occasion at city’s Biduyt Bhaban.
He said an inter-university competition will be held for the students to highlight their innovative ideas where power saving and use of renewable energy will get priority.
Under the competition, nine projects out of 60 submitted ones from 22 universities will be displayed in the exhibition.
Besides, nine awards will be given to the best professional workers among the Power Division staff, students, consumers and media for their role in power saving.
Two seminars will be held on private investment in power sector and customers satisfaction on December 12 and December 13.
Power secretary Monowar Islam, SREDA chairman Tapos Kumar Roy, PDB chairman Abduhu Ruhullah, REB chairman Brigadier General Moin Uddin and Power Cell director general Mohammad Hossain were present at the press briefing.